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10 Years of 'Wind over Westmill' - a big birthday party and giant kites!

On Saturday 16th June 2018 Westmill Farm celebrates 10 years of power production from Westmill - Oxfordshire’s only wind farm.

It’s a family fun day with food, live music, giant kites, children’s activities and an opportunity to get inside one of the five 81m high wind turbines.

Click here to view the Saturday program.

Click here to view the Sunday program.

In the ten years that Westmill has been operating it has generated clean power enough for (equivalent to that used by) over 2,600 homes. It saves 5,200 tonnes of CO2 emissions a year, and generates around £1 million income each year. Westmill Wind Farm is owned by a co-operative (with over 2000 members) and sells its’ electricity to Coop Energy. It has become an accepted and popular part of the local landscape.

The ‘Wind Over Westmill’ event will run from 12-5pm; entry and activities will be free.

The emphasis of the day will be on celebration. The attractions include: · A giant kite display by the White Horse Kite Fliers (www.whkf.org.uk/) which will be flying against a backdrop of the five big turbines.

· Live music from two up and coming local bands – Scarecrow and Paige & the Red Shift

· Children’s activities including a treasure hunt across the site, a solar fountain to splash through and a bouncy castle.

· DIY pizzas and a bar serving local beers.

· Hands on blacksmithing, kite making, pedal antics and much more.

At 1.30pm everyone attending will be invited to form a giant ‘people turbine’ which will be photographed from the air.

A free bus will run from Oxford and back, courtesy of Oxford Bus Company. People will need to book: https://westmillbustrip.eventbrite.co.uk/

Additional info for the 66 bus route;
The 66 stops in Watchfield; those going via Watchfield PO offer the closest stop but otherwise ask for Watchfield Northford Hill, just by Watchfield High St. It's a short walk up the High Street (straight through the village) to the A420, cross over (it is busy so beware) and then there's a pedestrian entrance just inside the Highworth Rd on the right.

There will also be a guided cycle ride on a countryside route organised by Oxford group Cyclox (see notes). Camping will be allowed on the site on Saturday night for those who wish to break their cycle ride and relax.

Westmill Wind and Solar Farm is the only place in southern England where visitors can see both wind and solar power in the same place and in beautiful surroundings. There will be guided tours of both throughout the day.

Westmill Natural Burial Ground (adjacent to the site) will be also open 2-5pm for visitors to look round and will have wildlife walks and bird box making.

Both solar and wind projects were pioneered by farmer Adam Twine. He overcame considerable local concern to get the wind farm agreed and built, although the great majority of those who were opposed to it then are now very happy with the turbines as part of the local landscape. For more project information see notes.

Westmill is close to Watchfield on the A420 near Swindon.

registered charity no. 1158820

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