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Please find below details of the Educational Visits to Aikengall Community Wind Farm which have taken place for local schools, colleges and universities:


Cockburnspath Primary School trip to National Museum - March 2015 Cockburnspath Primary School trip to National Museum - March 2015

Community Windpower Ltd are proud to have supported 21 pupils and 3 members of staff from Cockburnspath Primary, Scottish Borders on a recent trip to The National Museum of Scotland. Community Windpower awarded the School £692.00 which helped fund the coach transport to the Museum. Without funding like this, these fantastic educational trips can’t go ahead.

The pupils ranging from P4-P7 have recently been studying Ancient Egypt so to follow on with this topic they completed the Eygptian Trail at the Museum. This was a great adventure learning about what’s in mummies tombs to Sekhmet, the goddess of Sun and War. The day was finished off with some free time to discover other areas of the museum as well. The children were very excited and enthuastic throughout the day, asking lots of questions and soaking up the knowledge and atmosphere. They are hoping to have an Egyptain themed assembly when they are back at School, to show off all their new found knowledge to other pupils!





Acorns planted by school pupils - 12th May 2014 Acorns planted by school pupils - 12th May 2014

Pupils from Innerwick Primary School and Cockburnspath Primary School took part in the first stage of an Acorn Planting Project organised by Community Windpower Ltd. The project is a two phase scheme designed to get schools in proximity to the operational Aikengall Community Wind Farm involved in planting trees that will form part of the Habitat Management planting scheme.

The project is being led by Liz Parsons, owner of ecological consultancy Starling Learning, Roland Hunt, Associate Director at Community Windpower and Chloe Morris, Project Assistant at Community Windpower.

The first phase of the Acorn Planting Project was kick-started with a two hour session being held at each school. Liz Parsons led the activity and provided an educational and interactive talk to each school. The pupils were taught about plants, ecosystems and habitat management, with plants being shown to illustrate different phases of their growth. Liz then explained that each pupil would be contributing to the planting of Oak trees which would later in the year be planted out at the Aikengall Wind Farm which is located nearby.

The pupils were then taken outside to take part in three planting activities. The first involved filling pots with soil and planting the acorns with Liz and Chloe. Each pupil was given a number of pots to fill which they will now nurture and water until the trees are ready to be replanted at the Wind Farm in the Autumn. This will form the second phase of the project, whereby students will be able to plant their own trees and watch them grow for years to come.

There was a second activity which involved creating a ‘Mini-Beast Hotel’ using sticks, leaves and grass from within the school grounds. Pupils then found mini-beasts to fill their hotel with, identifying creatures as they ran across their hands. Students at Cockburnspath Primary discovered a number of leopard slugs beneath piles of leaves, whilst pupils of Innerwick discovered frogs in pools in the rim of tyres.

Roland led the third activity which involved planting young saplings of Blackthorn and other deciduous trees within the School grounds to form hedgerows.

The Pupils thoroughly enjoyed both the talk and getting their hands dirty planting up the trees and searching for mini-beast. They learned how to dig the ground, plant and back fill the soils, and every single pupil showed great interest and excitement in the whole learning experience. The teachers and pupils from both schools thanked us for arranging the event and commented that it fitted well into their learning curriculum.

Everyone involved is looking forward to the next stage in this project and seeing the results of the hard work put in by both pupils and teachers at Cockburnspath and Innerwick Primary Schools.




Pupils explore Aikengall Community Windfarm - Oct 2013 Pupils explore Aikengall Community Windfarm - Oct 2013

About 50 pupils from Cockburnspath Primary School enjoyed an educational trip to and guided tour of Aikengall Community Windfarm on 9th October 2013. Operations Manager Paul Prescott-Clements welcomed the pupils and talked to them about renewable energy, wind power and how the wind farm operated and generated electricity. Everyone enjoyed this opportunity to see the turbines up close and thanks to the good weather had a very good view of the turbines and the surrounding countryside.

Transport costs were funded by Community Windpower who are the owners and operators of Aikengall Community Windfarm.




SET Groups visit Aikengall Community Wind Farm SET Groups visit Aikengall Community Wind Farm

A group of Young SET Ambassadors from St Augustine Roman Catholic High School enjoyed a visit to Aikengall Community Wind Farm on Monday 5th March.

The day was cold but also sunny and pleasant, the wind was also blowing! The SET ambassadors stopped off at the substation at Aikengall where they had a clear view of all the turbines. Their guide for the day, Dr. Lothian, provided them with lots of information about the wind farm. The SET ambassadors were very enthusiastic and had plenty of questions to ask.

The ambassadors visited the BeGreen Energy Advice shop in Dunbar where they were given further information about the wind farm and Community Windpower’s involvement in the local community. This information will be used to help the SET Ambassadors complete their environmental projects. The SET Ambassadors will then present their projects to a board of judges.

The award ceremony for the projects will be held in June 2012 and Community Windpower Ltd would like to wish the SET Ambassadors good luck and hope that everyone enjoyed their trip to the wind farm.




SET Groups visit Aikengall Community Wind Farm - Spring 2013 SET Groups visit Aikengall Community Wind Farm - Spring 2013

Two schools participating in the Young SET Ambassadors Award scheme were given a guided tour of Aikengall Community Wind Farm on Monday 28th February. St David’s Roman Catholic High School visited the wind farm in the morning and Preston Lodge High School visited in the afternoon.

The wind was blowing and at times there was a little bit of drizzle; however this did not dampen the ambassadors spirits who were full of questions. The ambassadors were impressed by the size of the turbines and how little noise they made, especially as it was so windy!

After the tour of the wind farm, the ambassadors visited the BeGreen Energy Advice shop in Dunbar where they were given further information about the wind farm and the work Community Windpower is doing with the local community.

Community Windpower Ltd would like to wish the SET Ambassadors good luck with their projects and hope everyone enjoyed their trip to the wind farm.




Educational trip to the wind farm - September 2013 Educational trip to the wind farm - September 2013

Pupils from Form 7 at The Compass School in Haddington, enjoyed their trip to Aikengall Community Windfarm on 19th September 2013.

Despite the weather, the pupils had a great time seeing the turbines close up and learning about how they work. The tour was provided by Community Windpower's Operations Manager Paul Prescott-Clements and the pupils are now working on posters explaining the different types of power.




Direlton Primary School visit Aikengall - June 2013 Direlton Primary School visit Aikengall - June 2013

Twenty four children from Dirleton Primary School, North Berwick visited Aikengall Community Wind Farm on 11th June as part of their school work looking at renewable energy. Community Windpower’s Operations Manager, Paul Prescott-Clements provided a guided tour of the wind farm for the group, allowing the children to see firsthand, renewable energy in action. Teacher Helen Gordon reflecting on the day said ‘thanks for a great visit... the children learnt lots and will remember the experience for a long time’. 

A short video produced by the school about their visit to Aikengall can be viewed via this link: http://edubuzz.org/dirleton/2013/06/18/aikengall-and-torness-visit/comment-page-1/#comment-7722

 




SET Groups visit Aikengall Community Wind Farm - March 2011 SET Groups visit Aikengall Community Wind Farm - March 2011

A group of Young SET Ambassadors from St Augustine Roman Catholic High School enjoyed a visit to Aikengall Community Wind Farm on Monday 5th March.

The day was cold but also sunny and pleasant, the wind was also blowing! The SET ambassadors stopped off at the substation at Aikengall where they had a clear view of all the turbines. Their guide for the day, Dr. Lothian, provided them with lots of information about the wind farm. The SET ambassadors were very enthusiastic and had plenty of questions to ask.

The ambassadors visited the BeGreen Energy Advice shop in Dunbar where they were given further information about the wind farm and Community Windpower’s involvement in the local community. This information will be used to help the SET Ambassadors complete their environmental projects. The SET Ambassadors will then present their projects to a board of judges.

The award ceremony for the projects will be held in June 2012 and Community Windpower Ltd would like to wish the SET Ambassadors good luck and hope that everyone enjoyed their trip to the wind farm.




SET Groups visit Aikengall Community Wind Farm - Feb 2012 SET Groups visit Aikengall Community Wind Farm - Feb 2012

Two schools participating in the Young SET Ambassadors Award scheme were given a guided tour of Aikengall Community Wind Farm on Monday 28th February. St David’s Roman Catholic High School visited the wind farm in the morning and Preston Lodge High School visited in the afternoon.

The wind was blowing and at times there was a little bit of drizzle; however this did not dampen the ambassadors spirits who were full of questions. The ambassadors were impressed by the size of the turbines and how little noise they made, especially as it was so windy!

After the tour of the wind farm, the ambassadors visited the BeGreen Energy Advice shop in Dunbar where they were given further information about the wind farm and the work Community Windpower is doing with the local community.

Community Windpower Ltd would like to wish the SET Ambassadors good luck with their projects and hope everyone enjoyed their trip to the wind farm.




North Berwick High School Visit Aikengall Community Wind Farm - Nov 2011 North Berwick High School Visit Aikengall Community Wind Farm - Nov 2011

A group of students studying for a Managing Environmental Resources course at North Berwick High school enjoyed a visit to Aikengall Community Wind Farm and the BeGreen shop in Dunbar.

The weather conditions were windy but sunny and the students were able to get out of the minibus at Turbine 1. The students were given a talk about Aikengall and the work that Community Windpower has undertaken. There were plenty of questions from both teachers and students. Afterwards the group visited the BeGreen shop in Dunbar to find out about the work and projects that BeGreen and Sustaining Dunbar are involved in; again this was relevant to their course and they were able to take away lots of useful information.

The school are keen to return to the wind farm and the BeGreen shop again in 2012 with next year’s Managing Environmental Resources class.




St David's Roman Catholic High School visit Aikengall Community Windfarm - April 2011 St David's Roman Catholic High School visit Aikengall Community Windfarm - April 2011

Young SET Ambassadors from St David's Roman Catholic High School visited Aikengall Community Windfarm on Thursday 7th April. The sun was out and the wind was blowing; a few brave souls braved the weather in just t-shirts!

Two Community Windpower staff were on hand to give a talk about the windfarm and the turbines and showed the Ambassadors some of the work involved in designing and developing a windfarm. The Young SET Ambassadors were very enthusiastic and full of questions.

The group then travelled to BeGreen Dunbar for lunch, followed by a presentation to reiterate what they had seen up at the windfarm. The Ambassadors were also shown a short video of the construction work undertaken to build Aikengall Community Windfarm with plenty of questions generated afterwards. The SET Ambassadors had a very interactive and educational day, full of information which hopefully developed their understanding about renewable energy and windfarms.




Students from the University of Edinburgh visit Aikengall Community Windfram - March 2011 Students from the University of Edinburgh visit Aikengall Community Windfram - March 2011

Community Windpower were happy to host students from the University of Edinburgh at our Aikengall Community Windfarm on the 23rd March.

With assistance from the onsite technicians, we were able to answer their many questions about the windfarm, wind turbines and wind energy in general. The students are currently studying for a year-long MSc in Sustainable Energy Systems, including a programme of lectures on wind energy. Community Windpower would like to thank all of those present for constructive and interesting conversation and we hope that their practical experience at Aikengall was encouraging as well as educational.

The Community Windpower team wishes them all success with their studies and their careers in renewables.




Preston Lodge High School Visit Aikengall Community Windfarm - March 2011 Preston Lodge High School Visit Aikengall Community Windfarm - March 2011

Young SET Ambassadors from Preston Lodge High School located in Prestonpans, East Lothian, attended a site visit to Aikengall Community Windfarm on Thursday 17th March 2011.

There was plenty of wind (and some rain!) at the windfarm, but the ambassadors were able to shelter for a short time inside one of the turbines, as our Vestas Engineer, Richard, was on hand. The Young Ambassadors were full of questions for Richard to answer. After question time with Richard, the ambassadors continued on their tour of the windfarm and were surprised at how quiet and impressive the turbines were when viewed close up.

Community Windpower gave a detailed presentation to the Young SET Ambassadors about Aikengall Community Windfarm and staff were on hand to answer any questions they had. The presentation was followed by a short video showing how the access tracks and the turbines were delivered and constructed to build the windfarm which was enjoyed by all.

The Young SET Ambassadors were thrilled to be able to visit the windfarm and learnt lots of useful information that can be used in their projects, so overall it was a successful and thoroughly valuable experience.




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