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Ickworth House to pilot green scheme

The National Trust is investing £3.5 million in five green energy schemes - including one in Suffolk.

The pilot scheme will include Ickworth House in Suffolk, one of the Trust's biggest uses of fuel oil, will have biomass boilers installed to replace their oil boilers.

Wood fuel to power the boilers will be sourced from the estates themselves.

If the pilot is deemed a success, the National Trust will go ahead with plans to spend in the region of £35m putting renewable technology in 43 of its properties.

The Trust currently spends £6m a year on energy, with that figure set to rise to as much as £12 million by 2020 as fuel costs increase.

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Suffolk country house to go green in pilot scheme

Ickworth House Credit: National Trust

The National Trust is investing £3.5 million in five green energy schemes - including one in Suffolk.

A pilot project to install biomass boilers, heat pumps and hydropower technology at five properties, including Grade I listed mansions and castles, will take place over the next year.

The pilot scheme will include Ickworth House in Suffolk, one of the Trust's biggest uses of fuel oil, will have biomass boilers installed to replace their oil boilers. Wood fuel to power the boilers will be sourced from the estates themselves.

If the pilot is deemed a success, the National Trust will go ahead with plans to spend in the region of £35 million putting renewable technology in 43 of its properties.

The Trust currently spends £6 million a year on energy, with that figure set to rise to as much as £12 million by 2020 as fuel costs increase.