Rhug Estate: A Model of Sustainable Farming in North Wales

Rhug Estate isn’t just about breathtaking scenery (though it has plenty of that!) Stretching across 5,018 hectares of central and coastal North Wales, sustainability is at the very core of our mission. Since Lord Newborough took over the estate management in 1998, we’ve been committed to a holistic approach to farming. This includes high animal welfare standards, responsible land management, and harnessing the power of renewable energy.

Award-Winning Commitment to Sustainability

Our dedication to sustainable practices has been recognised with a Footprint Award for our innovative renewable heat and power generation. We’ve implemented a range of renewable energy sources across the estate, with a capacity ranging from 4KW to 5MW. The electricity generated not only powers our own operations but also feeds back into the grid, contributing to a cleaner energy future.

Sustainable Energy Solutions for a Brighter Tomorrow

Solar Power

We’ve embraced solar technology extensively, with installations ranging from 4KW to 1,235KW on the estate and a significant 5MW scheme on the coast. These systems, installed between 2011 and 2016, take advantage of the Feed-in Tariff, a government incentive promoting renewable energy generation.

Wind Turbines

Two 225KW wind turbines on the coast, strategically located near Caernarfon Airport, contribute clean electricity to the grid. Their proximity to Wales Air Ambulance and HM Coastguard Search and Rescue Helicopters is a testament to our commitment to responsible wind turbine placement.
Rhug Estate Instavolt Chargers

EV Chargers

Thinking of the future of transportation, we’ve installed eight powerful 120kW Instavolt electric vehicle chargers conveniently located near our Farm Shop. These chargers utilise a user-friendly contactless payment system, making charging your electric vehicle quick and easy. During periods of sunshine, the electricity powering these chargers comes directly from our solar panels, creating a truly sustainable charging experience.

Heat Pumps

We’re gradually rolling out heat pumps for both residential and commercial properties across the estate. These innovative systems primarily use air-source technology, with some utilising ground-source options. Heat pumps provide a clean and efficient way to heat and cool buildings, reducing our reliance on traditional fossil fuels.

Hydro Power

Harnessing the power of moving water, we’ve installed a 7.5KW Francis water turbine and heat pump system at the end of the lake in front of Rhug Hall. Additionally, an Archimedes screw on the River Alwen drives another hydroelectric power scheme, further contributing to our renewable energy portfolio.


We understand the importance of responsible packaging. All our takeaway and drive-thru packaging is fully compostable or recyclable. We’re also working closely with our shop suppliers to implement the same practices for Rhug Farm Shop products, minimising our environmental footprint.

Experience Sustainable Farming at Rhug Estate

At Rhug Estate, we’re passionate about creating a sustainable future for our land, animals, and community. Visit us to experience sustainable farming firsthand, explore our award-winning renewable energy solutions, and shop at our eco-friendly Farm Shop. Let’s work together towards a brighter, greener future!