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Dr. Patrick Candler, CEO of Sherwood Forest Trust today pressed the virtual button to officially open a brand new three acre Solar Panel Farm at Ransom Wood Business Park in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire on Earth Day 2015 – making Ransom Wood, what is thought to be, the UK’s only self-sustaining business park when it comes to providing its own green power supply.

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The event celebrated a landmark occasion for Ransom Wood Business Park as it moved closer toward its aim of becoming a world-class centre of renown for synchronous business and environmental management.

The new Solar Farm has over 2,000 photo voltaic panels that will be able to provide up to 450 Kilo Watts (KW) of power. Ransom Wood Business Park spans some 110,000 square feet of which over 75,000 square feet is occupied office space, a restaurant and a nursery; all of which will be powered by the solar panel farm. The offices, restaurant and nursery require an average of 50 - 400 KW when fully functioning; which means that the solar panel farm will be able to produce enough electricity to power all the businesses on the park – something that is thought to be unique in the UK.

James Cannon is a Director of Ransom Wood Estates, the company that manages the business park, he sees the solar panel farm as having multiple benefits for tenants and the wider community surrounding Ransom Wood.
"We believe that we are leading the way in environmental management and business support. We reused the old buildings we inherited on the site and have incorporated sound environmental policies wherever appropriate to benefit out tenants. They will be able to power their businesses in the knowledge that no fossil fuels are being used to keep them running. With the solar farm on-line, we will be able to run the business park in a self-sustaining way when it comes to energy use, reducing carbon emissions by thousands of tonnes each year," says James Cannon.

Amongst over 50 guests that attended the launch was George Cowcher, CEO of the East Midlands Chamber of Commerce and Tony Egginton, Mayor of Mansfield.

Charles Cannon, fellow Director and brother to James, says the decision to set up the solar panel farm was as much about ethics as it was economics and environmental management.

“Ransom Wood is all about creating the right space in which people can work without the added stress factors of living out of an office. The history of the site is one of the environment supporting the well-being of people using it and we are determined that continues. Being based at Ransom Wood means working in a beautiful place that changes through the seasons, one that sustains the flora and fauna of the area and in return it provides an inspiring and creative place in which people can run a business. We can now host solar powered conferences, events and even weddings while at the same time not damaging the environment,” said Charles Cannon.
Ransom Wood Estates has invested over £660,000 in the solar panel farm, which in time will involve rare-breed sheep grazing the meadows below the panels and the development of new flora and orchards to attract more wildlife to the site. In time the farm will be made open to school visits to educate children about the environment and sustainable power sources.

Ransom Wood Business Park was launched in 1997 when the land and former TB and recuperation hospital site was taken over by the Cannon family. Intent on keeping the unique sense of well-being that the site provides, Charles and James Cannon set about creating a business park that worked in harmony with the environment and supported the health and well-being of its business tenants. Unlike modern business parks, Ransom Wood uses old early 20th century buildings instead of erecting purpose built new ones.

“It’s very easy to erect a new office that is full of environmentally sound systems etc., the real challenge comes in making use of existing buildings that are full of challenges donated to you over 100 years ago. Re-use is the first rule of recycling and we wanted very much to stick to our principles rather than level the site and use up even more resources to build new spaces,” said Charles Cannon.
There are over 60 different businesses housed on the business park, with between 700 – 900 people using the park on a daily basis.

Guests at the official opening had the opportunity to visit the Solar Farm, test drive a hybrid car and have a ride on a sun and wind powered trike.

Later on in the day they could also join in a number of events such as African drumming, outdoor yoga and Qigong as the opening ceremony was timed to coincide with Earth Day 2015.

The first Earth Day took place on April 22, 1970 when 20 million Americans from all walks of life took action to reduce their impact on the planet - it is widely credited with launching the modern environmental movement. The passage of the landmark Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Endangered Species Act and many other ground-breaking environmental laws soon followed. Growing out of the first Earth Day, Earth Day Network (EDN) works with over 22,000 partners in 192 countries to broaden, diversify and mobilize the environmental movement. More than one billion people now participate in Earth Day activities each year, making it the largest civic observance in the world.
The Sherwood Forest Trust (SFT) works with a wide range of partners and stakeholders in order to promote the value, diversity and importance of Sherwood Forest as an area of international cultural heritage and significance. At an operational level, the SFT is able to support the specific work of landowners like Ransom Wood Estates to help them improve the quality and integrity of the landscapes that they own.

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Photo caption – Charles Cannon stands among the 2066 solar panels on the new farm.

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A Mansfield based aquatics firm and a social enterprise in Langwith have created an unlikely partnership that has turned an environmental headache into a positive business solution.

Mansfield Aquatics receives its weekly supply of new fish and plants in Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) boxes. While they are perfect for carrying fish, they have proved very difficult to dispose of in the past – but that has all changed thanks to the company’s new partnership with Rhubarb Farm.

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The community-based farm on the Nottinghamshire/Derbyshire border grows a wide range of vegetable crops which are sold to local families, restaurants and farmers’ shops; it also provides training opportunities for people facing social and personal challenges. It will now be making regular trips to Mansfield to collect the various-sized boxes which it will then use when delivering soft vegetables like tomatoes, lettuce and broccoli to customers.

Managing Director of Mansfield Aquatics, Dave Ferry explained how Rhubarb Farm approached him offering the perfect solution to his waste disposal problem:

“Rhubarb Farm rang me asking if I had any boxes it could use to transport the vegetables it grows. I told them about the EPS ones we get our fish in, which they said were perfect. The boxes take up space and in the past we have even had to pay for them to be taken away and disposed. I love the fact that our partnership has found a green solution to our waste problem and my business headache.”

Sharon Storey, Horticulturalist at Rhubarb Farm says the partnership is a win-win-win solution; “We use organic methods of growing produce at the farm and are very environmentally conscious, so to be able to reuse waste materials like this is a winner for us. Mansfield Aquatics wins because it no longer has to pay for the boxes to be taken away and together we both stop waste going to landfill sites; which means everyone wins!”

The British Plastics Association estimates that around 2,255 tonnes of plastic waste is created in the UK each year, with only 25.2% of that ending up being recycled.

Mansfield District Council does accept trade waste EPS at its Hermitage Lane Recycling Depot. Businesses are charged a trade rate of £140 a tonne to dispose of it with a minimum payment of £10 for waste handled by the Depot.


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L-R Josh Wagstaff and Dave Ferry from Mansfield Aquatics, Sharon Storey with Rhubarb Farm Volunteer, Marcus Ellis.

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The announcement by bi-fold door specialist manufacturer that it has brought out a new range of larger sized doors in its Supreme range has been picked up by Aluminnium Trades Supply. The website, which promotes products to the fenestration industry, has featured the range on its website - you can view the whole article by clicking here.


One of Mansfield’s youngest building companies is celebrating landing its biggest contract of the year so far.

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KC Construction was launched just 17 months ago by its Managing Director, Keir Corbett (24) and in February it won the contract to plaster and paint three new bungalows and a four bedroomed house just off Southwell Road in Mansfield. Two of the bungalows are close to completion, with the other properties due to be ready in weeks. The properties are being built by Leybank Limited, the Mansfield Woodhouse based home builder.

“This is a great contract for us to start off the year off” says Keir Corbett, “We specialise in interior and exterior  finishing and to have a project this size allows us to show just what a professional job we can do.”

To contact KC Construction call 01623 612 761

Photo caption: L-R Dave Chambers and Keir Corbett from KC Construction. 

Vufold, the leading British manufacturer of bifold sliding doors is transforming its Ultra range by increasing the glass size in all of its large size sets, and it predicts they will be a massive hit with homeowners across the UK.

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The company has taken its 10ft to 16ft versions of the Ultra range and effectively taken a full door out to create a more spacious looking sets with no impact on door stability and security. This means that the 10ft set can now be supplied with three instead of four doors, the 12ft has four instead of five while the 14ft and 16ft sets reduce from six doors to five. All of the sets will be available in the original configuration while stocks last apart from the 16ft set will be available in both.

The new range additions will be in stock at the company’s warehouse from the beginning of April 2015 and available for free delivery within 7-14 days

“Our Ultra range door sets are completely unique and have proven very popular with customers. They are stylish and low maintenance which means they look good for a long time with little or no additional effort needed by the home owners. What we have done with the new sets is to substantially increase the glass area so that views out into the garden and beyond are better than  ever – something we know our customers appreciate. We are very confident the new Ultra sets will be a big hit this coming summer,” says Kerry Murphy-Kaytan, Marketing Manager for Vufold.

The Ultra range is weather resilient with aluminium cladding on the outside which maintains the external looks while the ultra-fashionable oak on the inside can be made to match interior flooring, doors and furnishings. The sets are available in white or grey powder-coated aluminium outside and natural clear oak inside; all sets are triple glazed as standard to provide extra insulation and heat retention.

The sets come in a comprehensive range of widths from six foot (1790mm) with three doors to 16 foot (4790mm) with six or five doors; all sets are universal in height. Prices range from £2,699.00 to £5,599.00#

Vufold has been manufacturing and supplying bi-fold, sliding doors and room dividers since 2006. The company is based in Macclesfield where it stores manufactured units that are made abroad under precise construction instructions.


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# Prices correct as of beginning of March 2015

Photo captions: The new three door set of the wider Vufold Ultra range- Higher resolution images can be provided in request

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