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Westmill Farm Open Day
17 Jun 17
11:00am to 4:00pm
Westmill Farm, Watchfield, Swindon, SN6 8TH
Westmill Sustainable Energy Trust
Saturday 17th is our Open Day for people of all ages. There’s a chance to get up close to (and even inside) one of our five 50m wind turbines - Huff ‘n’ Puff, Gusty Gizmo, The Wind Warrior, Spinner X and Zeus (note 1). Our solar park with its’ 20,000 solar panels will also be open – visitors may see one of the resident hares!
There will be fun activities for different ages including story-telling, kite making and forging a keyring with Tom the Blacksmith, stalls and much more. You can relax in our marquee with ice cream, tea and home-made cake or a pint of real ale, before listening to Oxford band The Brickwork Lizards.
The Open Day runs from 11am until 4pm. There are regular short tours of the site and there’ll be guides available to answer all those questions about how Westmill produces the electricity we all use in our homes. There’s also free car parking on site.
This event is being being organised by Westmill Sustainable Energy Trust (WeSET). WeSET has been running a visitor programme since the Wind farm first opened in 2008. The charity’s team of volunteer guides has welcomed well over 10,000 visitors to the site. They have included many local residents and school children, as well as community groups from across the UK and beyond who are interested in setting up their own community owned renewable energy projects.
Mike Blanch, WeSET’s Chair, said “Westmill Wind Farm and Solar Park are beacons for successful community owned renewable energy projects. They are owned by individuals, many of them living locally. It’s wonderful that so many people have wanted to see the projects and hear their stories first hand. We are keen to help landowners embrace the potential of renewables on their land and help finance them through community ownership.”
Volunteer guide Lynsey Thomas said “It’s wonderful to be able to take groups of children right up to the turbines; they always look up and gasp in amazement as the blades turn overhead. It is clear to see the mixture of science, engineering and nature on this site is a great inspiration for young minds!”