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EDEN CONFIDENTIAL: Eco-activist Stella McCartney goes to China for solar energy at her farm


Few strive to guard the planet with the zeal of Stella McCartney, whose fashion label stresses that it does all it could possibly ‘to create probably the most beautiful, desirable products with the least impact on our surroundings’.

But have Stella and her husband, fellow designer Alasdhair Willis, missed a trick of their bid to cut back their carbon footprint at their country residence?

The query is prompted by their application for ‘change of use’ for one in all their fields at their farmhouse in Worcestershire, from agriculture to eco-power.

Stella, 51, and Alasdhair, 52, have earmarked it as a site for 380 solar panels, to assist them ‘proceed to cut back their reliance on fossil fuels’. It is a process which the couple have already begun by installing ‘air source heat pumps’.

Stella McCartney and her husband Alasdhair Willis pictured together attending Milan Men’s Fashion Week

Ms McCartney, who is a keen environmental campaigner, poses with a sign that says SOS at Milan Men's Fashion Week

Ms McCartney, who’s a keen environmental campaigner, poses with an indication that claims SOS at Milan Men’s Fashion Week

These, in tandem with the solar panels, underpin the ‘transition to a low-carbon future and mitigating the impact of climate change’.

The appliance reveals they’ve opted for panels made by Chinese firm Trina Solar, a call some may find puzzling. The corporate’s founder and chairman is Gao Jifan, who amassed a £6 billion fortune while snuggling as much as his country’s totalitarian regime.

Perhaps Stella and Alasdhair — who also own a £10 million townhouse in West London — were unaware that Britain’s leading manufacturer of solar panels, GB-Sol, relies lower than 90 miles from their farmhouse.

Situated just north of Cardiff, GB-Sol minimises its carbon footprint and packaging, uses suppliers who’re ‘as local as possible’, and has been rated top solar supplier by Ethical Consumer magazine ‘for a few years’.

Is not that a stellar effort, Stella?

The couple have opted to install solar panels at their home in Worcestershire from a Chinese firm (file photo)

The couple have opted to put in solar panels at their home in Worcestershire from a Chinese firm (file photo)

Lady Lola’s blissful recent beginnings

The yr’s began brightly for Lady Lola Crichton-Stuart, who has overcome a series of tragedies.

I hear that she’s going out with Dutch model Parker van Noord, 24, an envoy for the Jean Paul Gaultier label.

Sharing a photograph of her kissing him at a celebration, Lady Lola, 23, tells her admirers: ‘Comfortable recent yr from me and mine.’

Parker is the son of the late celebrated male model Andre van Noord. Lady Lola’s father, the Marquess of Bute, higher generally known as motor racing driver Johnny Dumfries, died in 2021.

Lola’s boyfriend Kai Schachter-Wealthy had taken his own life in 2019.

Lady Lola Crichton-Stuart shared a photo of herself kissing Dutch model Parker van Noord (pictured)

Lady Lola Crichton-Stuart shared a photograph of herself kissing Dutch model Parker van Noord (pictured)

The 23-year-old added a caption of 'Happy new year from me and mine'

The 23-year-old added a caption of ‘Comfortable recent yr from me and mine’ 

Pop star Paloma Faith is used to being welcomed into probably the most exclusive venues, but she was turned away from The Ivy Kensington Brasserie the opposite day. 

The singer, 41, arrived carrying a cute little dog she was taking care of for a pal. 

A member of staff had to elucidate that they only allow guide dogs and authorized emotional support dogs. 

He could also be on the throne, but King Charles’s charity is forging ahead with a significant property development in Bahrain, the Gulf state criticised by human rights campaigners for its violent response to pro-democracy protests. 

The Prince’s Foundation is searching for an urban design assistant on its recent town project in Bahrain. 

The project’s senior design manager, Leslie Ohomele, is an intriguing figure who waded into the Lady Susan Hussey ‘race row’ on social media.

We are able to ski you, Heidi!

Even on the slopes, Heidi Klum is decided to show heads.

The German supermodel, 49, couldn’t be missed in a brightly colored ski jumpsuit at Aspen, Colorado.

She was having fun with a vacation along with her husband, musician Tom Kaulitz, 33, and his twin brother Bill, who’re each founding members of German pop band Tokio Hotel.

Heidi was previously married to British singer Seal, with whom she has three children.

She also has a daughter, Leni, a model, along with her ex-boyfriend Flavio Briatore, the 72-year-old Italian businessman.

Heidi on the red carpet for the America's Got Talent finale Heidi on the slopes in Aspen, Colorado

German supermodel Heidi Klum (left), 49, couldn’t be missed in a brightly colored ski jumpsuit at Aspen, Colorado (right)

Lord Camoys, who has died aged 82, is the banker who became the primary Roman Catholic Lord Chamberlain, head of the Royal Household, because the Reformation.

He was also touched by tragedy as a father figure to Crown Prince Dipendra of Nepal. ‘Dippy’ met Devyani Rana at a celebration at Camoys’s ancestral home, Stonor Park. 

Dipendra was so entranced by her that when his family made it clear they didn’t approve of Devyani as his bride, he massacred eight of them, including the King and Queen, before turning the gun on himself in 2001.

A chunk of cake for Flo

Best known for starring in Little Women, Florence Pugh appears to have an enormous appetite.

The Oxford restaurateur’s daughter tucked right into a huge piece of cake at her twenty seventh birthday celebration on the Standard hotel in Kings Cross, London.

The star was delighted that pals, including the Bridgerton actress Simone Ashley, attended so soon after the Recent Yr’s celebrations.

‘Nobody desires to do anything but splodge and nurse their hangover,’ she told them.

‘I’m so unbelievably grateful to all of you who got here.’

Actress Florence Pugh tucked into a huge cake as she celebrated her 27th birthday in London

Actress Florence Pugh tucked right into a huge cake as she celebrated her twenty seventh birthday in London

Claire Foy played a young Queen Elizabeth opposite Matt Smith’s Prince Philip in The Crown. 

But she’s unhappy along with his character, Prince Daemon Targaryen, within the Game Of Thrones prequel House Of The Dragon. 

‘I’ve watched all of [it],’ Foy says. 

‘It took an enormous amount of commitment, which waned towards the tip. I used to be a really committed friend [of his character] but I disagreed with him in lots of scenes. I then had to inform [Smith] that I discovered them disgusting to observe.’

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