In 2008, a new 720kw biomass boiler was installed in one of the farm buildings at Floors Home Farm to supply heating for Floors Castle and Gardens.
This major sustainable energy heating system was one of the first of its kind to be installed in a stately home in Scotland and has delivered significant savings in carbon emissions. Replacing the oil-fi red heating system, which consumed approximately 100,000 litres of oil a year, the woodfuel boiler has resulted in a saving of 500,000kg of CO2 per year, the equivalent of heating 10,000 houses for a day.
The boiler uses approximately 500 tonnes of woodchips from low grade timber from the Roxburghe Estates. The wood is stacked in the forest after cutting and then allowed to dry naturally for 6-9 months before being chipped and transported to the woodchip store next to the boiler. The optimum moisture content for the chips is 35 – 45%. Woodchips are loaded into a 5 tonne hopper and an automated auger then feeds the chips into the boiler on demand. In the main burner, the woodchips are roasted with limited oxygen supply to form wood gas which is then burned with a regulated supply of air to produce an exhaust gas of around 800oc. The exhaust gas transfers heat to the water supply through a heat exchanger before the hot water is stored in two large accumulator tanks. Underground insulated circulating pipes supply hot water to Floors Castle and to the greenhouses and other buildings at Floors Gardens.
2013 saw the completion of the second phase of the biomass boiler programme which included the installation of heating systems to 16 cottages at Floors Home Farm and the Estate Office.
Tenancy: The tenancy will be a Short Assured Tenancy under the Housing (Scotland) Act 1988. The Lease may be renewed at the end of the prescribed term of let but applicants should be aware that possession of the property can be recovered by the proprietor at the expiry of the Lease if required.
Entry and Duration: Entry shall be at such date as may be agreed. The duration of the Lease shall be for an initial period of not less than six months.
Rent: The rent shall be payable monthly in advance by Standing Order on the 1st of each month with a proportionate amount payable on entry.
Repairs: The proprietor shall maintain the premises wind and water tight and keep in repair the structure and exterior of the house (including drains, gutters and external pipes), the installations in the house for the supply of water and electricity and for sanitation (including basins, sinks, baths and sanitary conveniences) and installations for space heating and water heating with the exception of any repairs occasioned by any act, omission or negligence of the tenant. Internal decoration shall be the tenant’s responsibility.
Painting: The proprietor shall carry out external painting.
Deposit: A deposit of two months rent will be payable on entry. This will be repaid to the tenant on termination of the lease, provided all obligations of the lease are fulfilled and the property left in a satisfactory condition.
References: The Estate will require the applicant, in the event of them finding a property that they wish to rent, to complete a Credit Check before granting them a tenancy.
Other Conditions: All the other customary Roxburghe Estates conditions of let shall apply and a copy of the pro forma Lease can be inspected at the Estate Office by bona fide intending applicants.
Viewing: Arrangements to view the property may be made by contacting Victoria Roddie, Roxburghe Estates Office, Kelso (Telephone 01573 223333)
Tenancy Application: Applications for the tenancy should be submitted on the accompanying form and delivered to Edward Johnson MRICS, Assistant Factor, at the address below.
Roxburghe Estates Office, Kelso, Roxburghshire TD5 7SF