Queen Elizabeth Country Park - the Environment Centre (tEC)

Woodchip-fired biomass boiler heating system
Queen Elizabeth Country Park (QECP), run by Hampshire County Council in conjunction with Forest Enterprise, comprises 570 hectares of woodland and downland set in a wider landholding of 850 hectares, all inside the East Hampshire Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and the new South Downs National Park.

A major feasibility study in 2004, aimed at reducing the greenhouse gas emissions involved in running the park, assessed a broad range of renewable energy options, focusing particularly on the location and the park’s ample supply of suitable wood fuel. The park then embarked on a major fundraising operation to finance a new wood-chip fired system to supply the heat and hot water required by the Visitor Centre, office and café.

The new boiler was commissioned in November 2007; as well as providing the immediate benefits of renewable energy from a locally sourced fuel, it creates a “shop window” for visitors to the park to see sustainable energy in practice, offering guided tours of the facility.

Owner: Hampshire CC / Forestry Commission

Site address: QECP Visitor Centre, Horndean/Petersfield, Hampshire PO8 0QE Page last updated: 23 August 2010
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