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Westmill Wind Farm celebrates its 10,000th visitor

On Saturday 20th June 2015 Westmill Sustainable Energy Trust (WeSET) hosted a community Open Day to celebrate its 10,000th visitor to the Westmill Wind and Solar Farm site.


450 visitors joined Jonathan Porritt CBE and the team behind the Westmill projects for a celebration at the site near Watchfield.


The 10,000th visitor was Anita van Eijndhoven, who cycled to Westmill from Faringdon, with her husband Raoul. They are two of the 1,650 community shareholders of the Westmill Solar Co-operative. “We try to attend events at the site and usually cycle there. I am extremely interested in renewable energy and sustainability,” said Anita. “It was a great opportunity to hear speakers on those subjects and learning more about the projects that are being implemented both locally and further afield. I do feel that there is an urgent need for all of us to begin working together to tackle the effects of both climate change, and in particular fuel poverty. The example being set by Westmill and WeSET shows that together we are able to move ahead constructively to make a more sustainable and hopefully more equitable future for everyone. Change cannot be something we leave to others, we must all take our share of responsibility to make a better world. All the little things that we can do to reduce our carbon footprint are valuable, and if we can implement a few bigger responsible changes along the way, so much the better.”


Anna Kersley, aged 14, was also amongst the visitors to the site on Saturday. She had come with her grandmother especially to hear Jonathan Porritt and ask him the question “Why do you think it is important that enterprises and individuals support their local communities?” Jonathan’s response was “One of the biggest problems has been that not enough investments have been backed by the communities that a project is supporting. Community is the rock on which sustainable renewable energy must be built. It is critical to the future of renewable energy in the UK”. As she left Anna’s grandmother, Margaret Tait said her granddaughter would remember the Day for the rest of her life.

registered charity no. 1158820

Wind farm location: Westmill Wind Farm, Watchfield, Swindon, SN6 8TH - beside A420 and off B4508