Stoke by Nayland Hotel, Golf, Spa & Lodges resort receives most of its heat and power supply from the biogas converted from the AD plant. The resort has also installed further sources of green energy such as PV Solar panels on the roofs of the hotel and its five eco lodges, ground source heat pumps and air source heat pumps. With all of these initiatives there is enough green energy to satisfy all of the resort’s requirements, and the team is proud to have won awards for “Best Green Enterprise” and “Sustainable Tourism” and to have become a “Green 100 East Anglian Business”.
When the Gainsborough and Constable golf courses were constructed in the 1970s conservation was a priority for Bill and Devora Peake. They planted 60,000 trees and created picturesque lakes and water features, taking great care to work with and enhance the inherent beauty of the landscape. After the courses were built, the area became part of the Dedham Vale designated “Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.”
Six hectares of species-rich semi-natural grassland and permanent very low input grassland on the golf courses are managed in such a way as to encourage and protect wild flowers and provide a habitat for small mammals as well as butterflies and insects. Grass from the golf courses is collected and either composted with the waste food, digestate and ash or is sent to the AD plant on the farm to be fermented to produce biogas for conversion into green energy.
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