Springbok Sustainable Wood Heat Co-operative

Springbok Sustainable Wood Heat Co-operativeSpringbok Co-op is a new co-operative that has been formed to build and operate a wood chip fuelled district heating system, utilising locally sourced wood chip, at Springbok Estate, Alfold, Surrey. It will provide heat to Care Ashore, a charitable home for retired seafarers, a separate block of 7 flats and a further 14 individual houses, bungalows and maisonettes. The properties are at present heated by individual boiler systems fuelled by oil or electricity but the larger oil boilers are in need of replacement and the Estate is not on the gas grid.

Springbok Co-op’s income will come from the sale of heat at the Springbok Estate and the Renewable Heat Incentive (“RHI”), a payment made by the UK government for the generation of qualifying renewable heat.


Care Ashore was established in 1920 as The Merchant Seaman's War Memorial SocietyCare Ashore was established in 1920 as The Merchant Seaman's War Memorial Society after Havelock Wilson, the founder and president of the National Union of Seamen (NUS) recognised that there was a need to provide help for merchant seafarers.

He campaigned and highlighted awareness throughout the country, successfully raising funds, gaining the support of one main benefactor, Mr Henry Radcliffe, who was a shipping company owner.

Today Care Ashore continues to offer support to seafarers and provides both sheltered housing with support, and holidays to anyone who has served in either the Merchant and Royal Navies, plus the fishing fleets may apply for accommodation or a holiday.