November 20 – A Geocaching trail on the outskirts of Crewkerne

Two types of energy production

Hello from 1066 – A Medieval Mosaic

It was our last day in the district and it was a lovely one so we thought we would take Honey for a good walk and this geocaching circuit around Crewkerne looked ‘just the ticket’. It is amazing how many great walkways there are in this country and geocaching is the thing that helps us find many of them. The GPS took a while to settle down because of all the trees which curved right over to make a tunnel. The caches were a variety of shapes and sizes but all carefully placed so that they did not cause too many problems finding them. A fellow geocacher had also been on the trail earlier in the day.

On the way, we passed an impressive solar array at Lower Severells. It generates 5,100 MWh of clean, renewable electricity annually, sufficient for more than 1,600 homes, and a community fund of more than £3 million will be built up and reinvested in local communities over 25 years.

Behind the solar array is a Biogas plant at Rushywood. The Baker family of Haselbury Plucknett have a family run farming business based near Crewkerne. They have a herd of 1750 Holstein Friesians on 1700 acres of land producing 49,000 litres of milk per day. The Rushywood Farm Anaerobic Digester produces 500 kWh. Anaerobic Digestion is an efficient microbiological process that breaks-down biomass in the absence of oxygen to create biogas and digestate, a nutrient-rich organic substance. Biogas can be used to produce heat, through burning, and can be used in engines to generate electricity. It can be used directly as a natural gas or fuel for a vehicle, providing it has been cleaned sufficiently. Digestate can be used as a fertiliser and soil improver.

By the end of the track, we had walked 4.63 km (2.88 miles) in around two hours and we had found 15 caches. A lovely day out.