The Glen Tanar Estate has installed a new biomass heating system, making the estate greener and cleaner.
The project represents one of the largest investments made by Glen Tanar, and it is already heating eight properties.
Glen Tanar’s commitment to the environment was also noticed by the Green Tourism Initiative - it has just awarded a visitor centre run by the Glen Tanar Charitable Trust a gold rating as part of its international accreditation scheme.
Michael Bruce, whose family own the estate, said the two key achievements underline how sustainability and respect for the countryside are at the very of Glen Tanar’s values.
He said, “To finally have the first phase of the district heating system operational, and then to learn that the visitor centre has been recognised for having the highest possible green credentials, has reinforced just how important sustainability is to the estate.
“The biomass scheme is a long-term project which we are committed to investing in and delivering because of the long-term environmental benefits and reduced heating costs for the community that it will bring.
“It has taken three years to get to the point of completing phase one and it will be eight to nine years to see any kind of payback, but the positive impact that it will have on Glen Tanar during that time is immeasurable.”
The gold level Green Tourism award recognises that the heating systems and technology being used are environmentally friendly.