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Blenheim picks up gold award for green tourism
1:20pm Tuesday 17th September 2013 in News
FIXING Blenheim Palace’s leaking pipes has helped the World Heritage site gain a top tourism accreditation.
The estate has jumped from a silver ranking to a gold in the Green Tourism and Business Scheme. It now recycles 81 per cent of its waste and has put in low-energy lightbulbs across the estate to reduce energy usage.
It has teamed up with Thames Water to reduce water consumption by identifying leaks in historic pipework. Automatic water monitoring equipment has also been installed in locations at the palace and water-saving devices will be fitted at the palace and estate cottages.
There are 10,000 litres of rainwater collection tanks to capture water from the greenhouses for watering plants.
Blenheim Palace also recently announced it is to develop a £180,000 micro hydro scheme.
This will involve the installation of a 10-metre long Archimedes screw – on the river Glyme this autumn which is expected to generate a further 60,000 kWh of clean power each year, providing enough electricity to power 18 homes.
The Duke of Marlborough said: “This accolade reflects the seriousness with which we hold the reduction of our carbon footprint and best environmental practices within Blenheim Palace.”
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