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Sustainability

Blair Estate Environmental Commitment

When we bought Blair Estate in 2012, we stated that we would make it a “model of energy efficiency, showing how one of Scotland’s most historic houses could be made sustainable for the challenges of the 21st century”.  Since then, through investment in energy efficiency measures, the carbon footprint of the house has been halved.

The Estate includes over 100 acres of historic ancient woodlands.  As many of these magnificent trees, planted in the 19th century, are coming to the end of their natural lives, we have started a programme of replanting for the future, with thousands of new trees planted for both natural amenity and to create a zero-carbon footprint.

All of our electricity comes from renewable sources and we have an electric vehicle charging point.

Sustainability is core to everything we do

  • Wherever possible, we use locally sourced produce from Ayrshire and our food is freshly prepared.
  • We are committed to supporting local businesses whenever possible and therefore directly supporting the local economy.
  • Our Executive Chef offers a range of delicious vegetarian/vegan menus.
  • We are working to eliminate the use of single use plastics and we have rigorous policies towards ‘reduction, re-use and re-cycling’.
  • In February 2020 we became members of ‘Green Tourism’ and have signed up to their sustainable tourism certification programme.

Charities

North Ayrshire has some of the most disadvantaged communities in Scotland, so we have been proud to support the following local charities:

  • Girl-Guiding Ayrshire North
  • Ayrshire Hospice
  • St. Margaret’s Church in Dalry
  • Marie Curie Scotland
  • The Dalry Station Garden Group
  • Families of the Fallen
  • We host the Blair Gymkhana, which raises funds for local charities. www.blairgymkhana.co.uk

 


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