Preston Hall is a mixed farm, located in the productive Scottish Lowlands. Managed by Bill Gray since 1996 the farm successfully balances the competing demands of crop production and financial stability, whilst protecting the environment and enhancing wildlife.
In recent years the farm has focused on the arable business with the majority of pasture and grazing land farmed in collaboration with neighbouring farmers. This approach has streamlined the core arable business, whilst maintaining the benefits of having livestock on the farm and providing a habitat rich in wildlife.
With a highly capable team, modern machinery and a forward-thinking approach, Preston Hall strives to be at the forefront of modern farming practices. In 2017 the farm took up the challenge of being one of Scotland’s nine Monitor Farms, a project which has created great excitement and should benefit all involved.
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Due to the various activities on the farm and estate, there is a large energy demand throughout the year. To help reduce the impact on the land, the estate has invested in a number of renewable energy projects. These initiatives have reduced the reliance on fossil fuels, whilst also helping to reduce the carbon footprint. Continual monitoring is important to ensure improvements can be made as technology advances.
Dragon Heat Boiler
The first project was a straw boiler located at Rosemains Farm. As part of the district heating network the boiler supplied heat to the grain drier, farm buildings and provides low cost heating.
200 kw Hizomat Boiler
In 2015 a 200kw boiler was installed to heat Preston Hall, not only has this reduced fuel bills but also ensured that the house can be maintained at a constant temperature helping to preserve the fabric of the building.
995kw Hizomat Biofire
Our most recent project has been to replace the original farm boiler with a higher capacity, more efficient wood chip boiler, helping to further reduce our carbon footprint.
Preston Hall is keen to increase their green credentials and would be interested to hear of any new technologies or ideas to help achieve their sustainability aims. The estate continually monitors trends to ensure improvements can be made as new advances are made.