Parson House Outdoor Pursuit Centre – eco-friendly open day Sat May 18

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Wednesday 15 May 2013

An eco-friendly Peak District outdoor pursuits centre is holding an open day to demonstrate just what can be achieved to save water and energy – and cut bills.

Parson House Outdoor Pursuits Centre, on Burbage Moor, between Sheffield and Grindleford, is opening its doors on Saturday May 18, 1pm-3pm.

Everyone is invited to see the technology installed over the past year, helped by a grant of more than £27,000 from the Peak District National Park Authority’s Sustainable Development Fund.

The aim is not only to reduce its running costs but to show young people who attend the centre the importance of cutting their carbon footprint.

The equipment includes:

  • Rainwater harvesting – the centre has no mains water, depending solely on its own spring, so it collects rainwater from the roof, which runs to an underground tank to be used for toilet flushing.
  • Water collection in smaller tanks for washing caving suits and other muddy equipment and sluicing the ground.
  • Valves fitted to pipes and toilets to reduce water flow.
  • A flow meter to measure bore hole water.
  • Thicker insulation and draught exclusion.
  • Programmable thermostatic valves to all radiators.
  • A vessel composter for food waste.

Parson House centre manager Debbie Bell and her husband, chief instructor Gareth Bell, say they have already seen a remarkable change.

“It’s an unbelievable amount of water we are saving – particularly when a toilet is flushed. When you depend on your own spring water it’s a blessing,” said Debbie.  “Once you start saving it is great to see the difference it makes, and the young people who visit us just need educating in this area.”

Peak District sustainable development officer Richard Godley said: “Parson House has become a shining example of what can be done to live in a more sustainable way. We were glad to be able to help this project, particularly as it is passing on valuable messages to our younger visitors.”

As well as courses for schools and youth groups, Parson House holds team-building courses for companies and other organisations, with activities including orienteering, abseiling, an assault course, outdoor and indoor climbing, caving and canoeing.

Parson House is not far from the Fox House Inn, on Houndkirk Road, Sheffield S11 7TZ, tel. 01433 631017 or email The website is

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