North Dorset Eco Homes Event

15 - 17 May 2015

Manor Farm, Silton

Energy-saving improvements

  • Low-cost improvements
    Low-cost improvements
  • 'Big' insulation works
    'Big' insulation works
  • Lighting systems and electrical appliances
    Lighting systems and electrical appliances
  • High spec heating
    High spec heating
  • Renewables: heat
    Renewables: heat
  • Renewables: electricity
    Renewables: electricity
  • Water management
    Water management
  • Lifestyle change
    Lifestyle change

Location

Manor Farm, Church Road
Silton
Gillingham
Dorset
SP8 5PR

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Opening times

15 - 17 May 2015
Saturday only.

Please call Kathryn on 01258484372 to book.

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The Harris family has been farming at Silton Manor Farm since 1892. Retired members of the family live on site in another property 385m from the main farm house. This provided the scope for the installation of a biomass district heating system under the industrial Renewable Heat Incentive scheme. Bioheat Ltd designed an award winning system that enabled both properties to run independently using the single ETA HACK 90 wood chip boiler feeding the high insulation connecting pipe between the properties. This was chosen because the servicing costs are considerably lower than most other makes and it offers full remote control of central heating via internet connected devices. They receive RHI payments and these, combined with low fuel costs, give a payback period on the system of 5 to 7 years.
Various biomass boilers have been used on the farm including a straw bale boiler and a simpler woodchip boiler being fed with reclaimed scrap timber from a nearby landfill site. Straw from the farm is now ploughed back into the land or used as animal feed and bedding in nearby livestock farms returning to Manor Farm as dung improving soil quality. The farm supplies much of its own timber and willow plantation is underway to ensure long term sustainability alongside hedge thinnings and other waste streams.
The farm also hosts a significant field mounted solar farm with approximately
7 MWp capacity. Sheep are grazed around the PV panels and the borders of the site are planted with wildlife-friendly wild flower meadow plants.
Water is partially sourced from an
onsite well.

Location

Manor Farm, Church Road
Silton
Gillingham
Dorset
SP8 5PR

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Opening times

15 - 17 May 2015
Saturday only.

Please call Kathryn on 01258484372 to book.

This event has now finished.

Book ahead

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