Renewables and energy saving

See a Low Carbon Dorset case study of Springhead’s energy saving measures

A key objective at Springhead is to practise and demonstrate techniques and principles associated with a more sustainable way of life. In addition to conserving energy through measures such as high levels of insulation, recycling and use of low-energy light bulbs, we have the following renewable and energy-saving systems:

An array of photo voltaic panels in the garden convert sunlight into electricity, and surplus electricity is fed into the grid, therefore helping reduce the need to generate electricity from fossil fuel power stations, as well as saving money

A reed bed sewage system is in place, which allows bacteria, fungi and algae to digest the sewage and clean the water. As well as helping to ensure that sewage doesn’t pollute the environment, this aquatic plant-based system uses sewage as a source of nutrients to restore and improve soil fertility

A hydro turbine has been installed to take advantage of the year-round flow of water at Springhead and generate renewable electricity. The lake at Springhead is an old mill pond, and the water mill is one of several in the Fontmell Magna area which drove the local economy for hundreds of years by providing power for the corn, cloth, timber and other trades.


Springhead is a charity
Registration number: 1112083
Company register number: 5370640

The Springhead Trust is a small charity, so any support you give will make a big difference. With your help, we can continue preserving our historic buildings and gardens for the benefit of all, and give more children and groups the opportunity to enjoy the countryside and arts, and learn about sustainable living.

Fontmell Magna
Dorset SP7 0NU

Phone: 01747 811853
Email: [email protected]

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