Preserving the island
With a track record of looking after our beautiful island for over 600 years the preservation of Bute for current and succeeding generations to live, work and enjoy is a responsibility we take very seriously.
To help preserve the beauty and rural integrity of Bute, the Mount Stuart Trust runs an island wide Ranger Service. Our Ranger assists and advises visitors and residents alike in countryside conservation, responsible access and rural education.
We recognise the increasing importance of sustainable methods of working. Current projects revolve around water management, water recycling, sustainable energy and the development of local food production, including the modernisation of the Victorian waterworks that supplies water for Mount Stuart and surrounding properties.
The estate is developing our Biomass programme, which uses wood from our forestry and then chipped in our sawmill, to fuel Biomass boilers. These in turn heat the main house and residential properties. Bruno Berardelli of MD HWEnergy, our renewable energy partner said:
'It’s inspiring to see the Mount Stuart Trust adopt such a forward thinking and holistic approach to the sustainability and economy of the island as a whole. We [are] delighted to be a trusted partner in helping the Trust achieve their goals of cost control and carbon reduction.'
But it’s not just mechanical sustainability that drives us. The horticultural production of our 18th century kitchen garden has also been expanded ensuring fresh, seasonal vegetables, fruit and herbs for use in our own Bute Kitchen.