Going Green in the Vale of Pewsey

Wilton Windmill is an excellent example of green energy - driven solely by wind power, this amazing feat of engineering captures the wind in the sails and turns the energy from the vertical sails into the horizontal plane of the millstones where the wheat is ground to make flour. 

Wilton Windmill is open every Sunday from 2pm to 5pm for guided tours and refreshments from Easter until the end of September.

With caring for the environment and sustainability being so important, many of our local businesses are going greener too - here's a taste of some of the changes our businesses are making:

At Brail Barn in Great Bedwyn, you will find a ground-source heat pump as well as solar panels and batteries for storage powering your stay.

To support sustainable tourism, Wild Camping Dark Lane now solely caters for walkers, cyclists and anyone travelling by public transport, and not using cars.  So you can arrive at Bedwyn station and walk or cycle along the Kennet & Avon Canal to get there.

At Honeystreet Mill Farm Shop, they are not only Fairtrade but also source as many local products as possible to reduce food miles.

If you visit The Swan Inn in Wilton, their list of beers and ciders shows you how far they have travelled so you can see how local they are, with an aim to reduce drink miles.

At Equilibrium Clinic in Woodborough Yard, they are proud to be running the Environ recycling scheme, which aims to reduce the amount of beauty and skincare containers that end up in landfill sites.  Many councils are unable to recycle beauty packaging because it often contains mixed materials and elements that cause contamination but by bringing your empties back to Equilibrium, they can be returned to Environ who pass them to a specialist recycling firm who will then turn them into secondary products.  You can take ANY beauty empties to them, not just the brands they sell, and they will send them all off together so you can be sure they’re being recycled properly.  However, if you return an empty Environ container, Equilibrium will give you £1 off your next purchase of the same product.  The recycling bin is near the reception desk – pop in with your empties when the desk is manned (weekdays 9am-3pm) or when you come for your next appointment.  If you’re returning Environ packaging, make sure you speak to someone to receive your credit, but any other brands’ packaging can go into the bin any time.

These are just a small selection of some of the green initiatives our local, independent businesses are doing to help make tourism more sustainable.  

Crofton Beam Engines

Crofton Beam Engines

A trial steaming using Homefire Ecoal (comprising 50% olive stones) was held on 5 July 2022, having warmed the boiler through the previous day. From a slow start from light up the boiler managers developed a different firing method and were then able to control the steam supply to the engines very well. This “sprinkling” technique meant that the fire burned more evenly over the whole grate area. This had two main consequences: cooler firebars, which should lead to longer life; and a much hotter working area in front of the boiler, which will need addressing if we are to use this method in future. Additionally, there appeared to be much less smoke from the chimney and much less ash produced. Very early analysis suggests that the rate of consumption of Ecoal is similar to that of our normal coal.
Equilibrium

Equilibrium

At Equilibrium, they are proud to be running the Environ recycling scheme, which aims to reduce the amount of beauty and skincare containers that end up in landfill sites. Many councils are unable to recycle beauty packaging because it often contains mixed materials and elements that cause contamination but by bringing your empties back to Equilibrium, they can be returned to Environ who pass them to a specialist recycling firm who will then turn them into secondary products. You can take ANY beauty empties to Equilibrium, not just the brands they sell, and they will send them all off together so you can be sure they’re being recycled properly. However, if you return an empty Environ container, Equilibrium will give you £1 off your next purchase of the same product. The recycling bin is near the reception desk – pop in with your empties when the desk is manned (weekdays 9am-3pm) or when you come for your next appointment. If you’re returning Environ packaging, make sure you speak to someone to receive your credit, but any other brands’ packaging can go into the bin any time.
Eversfield Organic Farm Shop & Cafe

Eversfield Organic Farm Shop & Cafe

Eversfield's closed loop regenerative farming system aims for the continued progression and productivity of the farming output, without bringing in external resources. For example, Eversfield Organic uses natural livestock manure to organically fertilise the soils, avoiding the use of man-made, artificial fertilisers, herbicides or pesticides. Any waste, such as organic fruit and vegetables from their Market Garden, is added to the compost heap, returning nutrients to the soil and improving its structure for planting and producing the tastiest, healthiest greens possible. All the cattle on the farm are 100% grass-fed and finished, certified by the PFLA. Allowing livestock to graze the land for at least 200 days of the year supports soil health and carbon sequestration, in which healthy earth can draw CO2 out of the atmosphere, whilst using manure produced on the farm ensures soil fertility for other crops and the organic fruit and vegetables from their Market Garden.
Honeystreet Mill Farm Shop

Honeystreet Mill Farm Shop

Fair Trade. Local products where possible to reduce food miles.
Power-Aid Ltd

Power-Aid Ltd

Installation of solar panels and battery systems to make the most of solar produced power.
The Stables at Manor Farm

The Stables at Manor Farm

From autumn 2022, The Stables are encouraging car-free breaks by offering discounts to people who arrive by bike and a pick up service from Bedwyn train station for guests arriving by train.
Wild Camping Dark Lane

Wild Camping Dark Lane

Camping for cyclists, walkers and people not using cars. Use of local produce and supplies.
Wilton Windmill

Wilton Windmill

Produces wholemeal, stone-ground flour in sustainable packaging and sold locally in independent shops.