Quarr Abbey has installed three arrays of Solar panels. One supplying electricity to the Abbey building, one supplying the Tea shop and another supplying our workshops. This has notably reduced our electricity bills but has also reduced our carbon footprint too.
The Tea shop and Workshop heating is generated through burning logs from trees grown on the Quarr Abbey estate. We process and split the logs and store them in our barn to dry.
Our waste oil from the Monastery kitchen and the tea shop kitchen is collected and recycled into biofuels.
The Abbey has also installed a biodigester to naturally process toilet waste from the Abbey and the Tea shop. This is an advanced treatment plant to improve the quality of wastewater.
Quarr Abbey has reassessed its waste management procedures and has now introduced recycling bins in many parts of the monastery. The community of monks, guests and staff can now separate their waste for more efficient recycling.
Going green – Tea shop & Farm shop:
At the tea shop and farm shop we are constantly trying to reduce the impact that we have on the environment. Over the course of the last few years we have introduced new measures to help with this. Any takeaway packaging we use is biodegradable; we recycle the cardboard and glass that we use, the cleaning chemicals we use are environmentally friendly and a large part of the electricity we use is generated by solar panels. We also use local suppliers, and majority of our produce comes directly from the Abbey grounds as we are trying to keep our carbon footprint as small as possible, as well as supporting other local businesses and making the most of the wonderful produce our gardeners grow. We are continuously looking for new ways to improve upon what we are currently doing and reduce our impact on the environment.