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Funding lift-off for wind energy at Peak school

This is an archived press release

Tuesday 4 January 2005

4 January 2005

Funding lift-off for wind energy at Peak school

Plans for a wind turbine at a village primary school have won lift-off from the Peak District Sustainable Development Fund.

The Fund, which supports environmental, conservation and social projects, is to give £15,000 towards the total £48,000 cost of the proposed scheme at Bishop Pursglove Primary School, Tideswell.

The turbine - which will need planning permission - would not only help cut electricity bills at the school, but teach children about renewable energy.

The project was just one of several worthy schemes to win support from the Sustainable Development Fund panel at its latest meeting.

Others included:

  • a 'Cycle of Life' garden at Thornbridge Hall Outdoor Centre, Great Longstone, which was given £6,200 to help educate youngsters about sustaining the environment for the future.
  • a walking group run by Barnsley-based Cudworth and West Green Community Partnership, which was allocated £1,927 to buy equipment, mainly for older people (encouraging urban residents who may not otherwise get the chance to enjoy the Park).
  • the Hope Valley Car Share Scheme, which was given £830 to help train volunteer drivers and assistants to provide medical and social journeys for the elderly.

Chair of the Sustainable Development Fund panel, Anne Ashe, said: "We were pleased that the latest list of approvals covered the full range of ages in both urban and rural areas as well as environmental schemes that will benefit everyone in the future.

"Among the larger grants, the wind turbine at Bishop Pursglove School would not only be a source of alternative energy, but would be used to inform future generations of pupils about renewable energy sources for the benefit of the environment."

The Fund panel, whose locally-based members include young people, has £180,000 to give away during 2005. Since its inception in 2002 the Fund (financed by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) has awarded £400,000 to more than 80 Peak District projects.

They range from a new 'Reach for the Peaks' cycle route between Sheffield and the National Park to a feasibility study for a water turbine at Ilam village church, a 'green' public transport initiative and a cooking oil recycling scheme to heat water at Castleton Youth Hostel.

Other successful schemes include rainwater harvesting for public toilets, a Conversation Club for refugees to practise English while photographing the Peak District scenery, and a furniture recycling centre that trains young people.

For more information, visit www.peakdistrict.org/sdf or call Sustainable Development Fund officer Richard Godley on 01629 816312.

This is an archived press release

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