Monday, 14 March 2016

Haddo Estate elms supplied for Victory's keel

Haddo Estate elms supplied for Victory’s keel


.. Among other environmentally friendly projects at Haddo are biomass boilers. The Cottonhillock scheme (pictured) is incorporated into a housing development in nearby Methlick. 

Lord Aberdeen of the Haddo Estate has donated five elm trees to help HMS Victory remain sustainable for centuries to come. The elms will be inspected to see if they are suitable to refurbish Victory's keel below the waterline


The Haddo Estate near Ellon in Aberdeenshire is a leader in sustainable development. The Estate Farm has implemented several agri-environmental schemes. Kelly sawmill boasts a generator powered by water driven down a channel where an Archimedes’ screw is installed: thereby the sawmill feeds hydroelectricity directly into the National Grid. Among other environmentally friendly projects are biomass boilers. The scheme pictured is incorporated into the Cottonhillock housing development in nearby Methlick. Hot water and heating for the affordable homes are provided by a woodchip boiler via a district heating main.  Formartine’s shop and restaurant epitomise Haddo’s green credentials. Local, seasonal produce is available throughout the year, and you might get served by Formartine's affable co-proprietors John Cooper, who runs The Methlick Smokehouse, or Lord Aberdeen of the Haddo Estate. Formartine's innovative building design uses granite from the original site and it is clad in Scotlarch. A heat recovery system recycles existing waste providing all heating and hot water. Renewable energy for electricity gives Formartine's a zero-rated carbon emission status.

As a contribution to a conservation project that will continue for fifteen years, Lord Aberdeen has donated five elm trees to help sustain HMS Victory for centuries to come. Launched in 1767, Nelson’s flagship is docked at Portsmouth Historic Naval Dockyard in Hampshire. The Haddo Estate elms will be inspected to determine if they are suitable for refurbishing Victory's keel below the waterline, one of the oldest parts of the vessel. If unsuitable, the wood will be used to make new gun carriages. Scottish industry provided timber, sails, ropes, iron cannons and balls for Nelson's twenty-seven wooden ships at the Battle of Trafalgar. Nine of the British fleet hailed from Scotland.

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