Rainworth and Blidworth youth project’s windfall from wind farm

THE Rainworth and Blidworth Detached Youth Project has received a £3,300 boost from the Lindhurst Wind Farm community benefit fund.

The Lindhurst Wind Farm, located south of Mansfield in Nottinghamshire and consisting of five turbines, began operating in September 2010.

Since then it has been offering an annual community benefit fund to local communities worth £10,000 each year and to date over £30,000 has been awarded to local causes.

The £3,300 cash boost received by the Youth Project created an outdoor garden space for the local community.

Members of the community and volunteers worked together, alongside trained professionals, to create the attractive outdoor space.

Claire Dady CEO of the Detached Youth Project, said: “The young members of the Detached Youth Project and the local community have benefited greatly from the substantial financial support provided from the Lindhurst Wind Farm community benefit fund. The grant has enabled the learning of new skills, developing new community relationships and an overall improvement in the environment. We are very proud of what we have achieved and hope to further develop the area in the future. This is a great example of how local communities can benefit from onshore wind farms.”

Other recipients of the fund include the Blidworth Welfare Brass Band, who received £2,000 to buy new musical equipment and Rainworth Skatepark Association received £3,300 to build a new skate park for young people.

Kathryn Harries from RWE npower renewables said: “Our community investment funds provide a valuable, long term, sustainable and reliable source of income for the local communities that neighbour our developments. It is flexible funding that can address what is really important to communities and we’re delighted to see this funding starting to make a difference to the communities surrounding our Lindhurst Wind Farm.”

More information on the Lindhurst Wind Farm Community Fund can be found by visiting www.nottscf.org.uk.