Newstead and Annesley Country Park seek wind power votes

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BOSSES behind the Newstead and Annesley Country Park project want the public’s help to make it as eco-friendly as possible.

Work on transforming the village’s former pit site into a park is now well underway and once complete it is hoped the scheme will boost the area’s economy by attracting up to 100,000 visitors by its fifth year.

Newstead Enterprise is overseeing the £400,000 project and the park will play host to the second Headstock Festival in September.

Now officials want to secure a £100,000 grant to make the festival, the park and Newstead Village itself as green as possible by using wind power - and readers can help them achieve this by voting for the project online.

The cash will come from the Energyshare initiative and funds are given to the group with the most votes.

Julia Thistleton-Smith, from Newstead Enterprise, said: “We’re working really hard to get as many supporters as possible to be able to create our own energy for the new Newstead and Annesley Country Park and for Newstead Village.

“The community in Newstead believe passionately in creating a greener future for their community and for their children and to win this grant would help us achieve that.

“We’re in the process of making our country park and its attractions as eco-friendly as possible - our eco-build visitor centre is almost complete and this grant would help the village and park become more self-sufficient for their energy needs.

“We also put on the Headstock Festival and we want to make it the greenest festival in the UK, so winning this would be a big step forward in helping us do that.

“Every single vote we get will help the work we’re doing to regenerate the village and surrounding area.”

The renewable energy project is being overseen by Newstead Wind, a group representing the community and which is part of Newstead Enterprise.

To vote for Newstead visit Voting closes on Thursday.