innogy Renewables UK welcomed the children of Swinefleet Primary School, Goole to their Goole Fields II Wind Farm. The visit marked the christening of the turbine ‘Dorothy’, the name chosen by the children who had won a competition as part of the inauguration ceremony of the wind farm, inspired by the character Dorothy Gale from the Wizard of Oz.
The trip was a unique opportunity for the children, whose school neighbours the site, to learn about renewable energy and specifically how the 34.85MW wind farm provides electricity, with the capacity to meet the annual needs of 22,100 average UK homes. Presided over by ‘Lord’ and ‘Lady Galeforce’ (pictured), the children were treated to a treasure hunt, culminating with a tea party at the foot of ‘Dorothy’ before the grand unveiling of the naming plaque.
Miss Bishell-Wells, Headteacher of Swinefleet Primary School commented on the day; “It was a fantastic trip to the Windfarm. The children and staff thoroughly enjoyed themselves and learnt so much without even realising , as they were having so much fun. It was highly organised and has given us fun activity ideas to teach our pupils further about renewable energy and climate change. Thank you so much from the staff and pupils of Swinefleet Primary School”
Paul Thompson, Goole Fields II Site Manager, innogy Renewables UK; “It was our absolute pleasure to welcome the children of Swinefleet Primary School to site. It’s fantastic to see the children so engaged with the subject of Renewable Energy and specifically our wind farm here on their own door step. It’s projects like this that make a massive contribution to reducing our carbon footprint which is why it’s so important to pass this knowledge on to younger generations, in this case in a fun and magical way.”
Alongside today’s community engagement, the Goole Fields Wind Farms Community Fund has also made its second round of awards, with 12 local groups benefitting from a share of over £50,000 worth of funding. A wide variety of causes have been backed, which have included supporting young people with special educational needs and disabilities, facility improvements and providing skill training opportunities.
The fund makes £250,000 available per year, with all funding decisions made by a panel of local representatives.
The fund is open all year round, with the next decision-making meeting taking place in September for all applications received before the end of August.
More information on the fund, including how to apply, can be found on East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s website at www.eastriding.gov.uk/council/grants-and-funding/rural-funding/goole-fields-wind-farm-community-fund