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The 19th century stable yard

The 19th century stable yard
NTPL Zoë Colbeck

Monday, 16 July 2012

HLF and DECC use stable yard for green inspiration

Over 20,000 visitors have come to our stable yard since it opened in November, and we're pleased that organisations leading the way in energy and heritage are also now using it as a demonstration centre.

The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), who funded the project with a grant of £990,000, held their annual regional event in the stable yard recently, with all the great and the good from the local heritage world attending. Amazingly the sun shone, showing the stable yard at its best!

Wesley Kerr, Chair of the HLF London Committee, welcomes visitors to the stable yard
(NTPL/Caroline Pankhurst)

We've also had two visits from the Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC), who have booked three tours for their staff as part of their Learning & Development Programme.  As well as a tour of the project by Caroline, the Project Coordinator, participants also had a chance to hear more about the National Trust's energy strategy and about our other projects demonstrating renewables, from James Lloyd, Senior External Affairs Officer and Kirsty Rice, Energy Advisor. In DECC's survey after the first tour, 100% of participants agreed that "the content was instructive and interesting".

James Lloyd welcomes DECC to the stable yard (NTPL/Caroline Pankhurst)

Caroline gives a tour of the project (NTPL/James Lloyd)

Kirsty Rice discusses the National Trust energy strategy - in Morden Hall Park's historic Snuff Mill (NTPL/Caroline Pankhurst)

We look forward to more such events in the future - and from September they'll also include a look at the Archimedes Screw turbine in operation!

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