Event: Case Study Visit to Wakehurst Place

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Event: Case Study Visit to Wakehurst Place

Part of the Utilise Plus events and grant funding programme.

November 8th, 10:00 to 12:00, Ardingly.

Join us for a Case Study Visit to Wakehurst Place to see first-hand the energy saving measures they have implemented. Delegates will be treated to a behind-the-scenes, guided tour around their historic Mansion and state-of-the-art Millennium Seed Bank, including the Bank’s underground vault which is not open to the public. Wakehurst’s Sustainability Manager, Keith Manger, will discuss the challenges and benefits of energy conservation in both modern and older buildings. Light refreshments will be provided and there will also be the opportunity to network with others interested in improving their resource efficiency. After the event, delegates will have free access to Wakehurst’s stunning gardens.

Wakehurst Place is funded and managed by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. It is world-renowned for its botanic gardens and tree collections. In addition to this, it is home to the Millennium Seed Bank, the largest wild plant seed bank in the world. The aim is to provide an ‘insurance policy’ against the extinction of plants in the wild. By 2020, they aim to conserve 25% of the world’s plant species, a target they’re on-track to meet.

Such an ambitious project can be demanding in terms of energy: the seed bank comprises laboratories, offices, a visitor centre and an underground vault where seeds are stored at -20°C. Decreasing their energy consumption has been a focus of the bank’s Sustainability Team, with various measures installed to do just this, including a 50 kW solar photovoltaic system to generate energy. In 2010, Keith attended an energy saving workshop run by the Sustainable Business Partnership to find out how further energy savings could be made.

This event is part of the Utilise Plus programme and is fully-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). As such, only those from eligible organisations can attend. Utilise Plus supports small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to improve their resource efficiency.  To book your place, use the form below. Please note, we will only accept one attendee per organisation. Additional bookings will be added to a waiting list and notified should any places become available.

Organisations eligible for support through Utilise Plus must:



1 European Commission monthly exchange rate September 2017: €1 = £0.92246. You are responsible for calculating the exchange rate and assessing your eligibility at the time of your application.

2 SMEs able to receive State Aid up to a value of €200,000 in any three year rolling period. Find out more about State Aid.

3 For organisations with a more complex structure, a case-by-case analysis is required, so please get in touch if you think this applies to you.

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