Kilnsey Park Estate prides itself on being one of the greenest, most environmentally friendly visitor attractions in the UK. Much of the Estate has been designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest, meaning it is nationally important and must be managed to protect its wildlife. In 2007 the Estate was chosen as a reintroduction site for the UK’s rarest wildflower, the Lady’s Slipper Orchid. There are now over a dozen of these beautiful plants growing, and each year you can visit to see them flowering in late May. Kilnsey Park is also part of the national red squirrel conservation programme.
Kilnsey Park Estate prides itself on being one of the greenest, most environmentally friendly visitor attractions in the UK
In recent years Kilnsey Park has set about becoming one of the most sustainable businesses in the UK. You can view our Sustainability Policy by clicking here.
The first hydropower energy scheme was installed by William Roberts, grandfather of the current owner, in 1933. As well as the business generating all its electricity from renewable technology including solar panels, the on-site café and holiday cottages are heated using water source heat pumps. To find out more about our renewable energy click here.
Ensuring that the business takes care of the Dales is a priority for current owner Jamie Roberts, who worked as Director of the National Trust on the remote island of St Helena before returning home in 2011: ‘We’re delighted that our investment in renewable energy has meant we have now achieved carbon neutral status – and we’re continuing to plant up to a thousand trees on the Estate every year.’
Kilnsey Park Estate is a member of the Green Tourism Scheme and has been awarded the top grading of Green Tourism Gold.
Each year we nominate a charity to fundraise for. In previous years recipients have included Water Aid, the Nepal Earthquake Disaster Fund and the Alzheimers Society.
Kilnsey Park welcomes many groups and schools who come to learn about its green energy and conservation work. To find out more about group visits click here.