Little bloomers help wildlife walk blossom

School children from St Cyrus Primary School planted 89 trees along the Tullo and Twinshiels Wind Farms wildlife walk at Collardo Farm, in Garvock last month. The primary seven children were invited to take part in the tree planting exercise by renewable energy company, Eneco to help them learn about the local wildlife and greener energy.

The walk opened in September 2014 following the inauguration of the wind farm’s extension, Twinshiels. The St Cyrus Primary School pupils worked with an experienced tree planter to plant a combination of trees which will help attract more species to the area. This included; Alder, Bird Cherry, Blackthorn, Hazel, Oak and Silver Birch. After the pupils had finished planting they were taught about the history of the area and how the wind farm produces renewable energy.

Doreen Black, Collardo Farm said “It was a pleasure to see the young children getting involved in the wildlife walk and helping to shape the future of it. We hope when they come back and visit they will be able to see the new wildlife that they have helped attract.”

Guy Madgwick, Managing Director at Eneco said ” When we built the wind farm we made sure that we put measures in place to help improve the wildlife like installing bird and bat boxes as well as planting different species of trees. It’s great to see that not only is it being used, but also becoming a valuable part of the community”.

Along the walkway are boards designed to share information about what species stand to benefit from the habitat improvement measures Eneco has put in place, as well as telling the story of the history of the local area. Tullo and Twinshiels Wind Farms produce 42MW which is enough power to supply the equivalent to 24,000 homes1.

For further information, please contact Seona Shuttleworth at Eneco on 01926 331229.

NOTE TO EDITORS

1Based on RenewableUK calculations. Further details about the calculations can be found on the RenewableUK website.

Tullo Wind Farm. Number of turbines: 7. Effective capacity: 17MW. Turbine type: Nordex N80 (2.5MW each). Power supplied: Equivalent to 9,500 homes1

Twinshiels Wind Farm. Number of turbines: 10. Effective capacity: 25MW. Turbine type: Nordex N80 (2.5MW each). Power supplied: Equivalent to 14,000 homes1

Combined Tullo & Twinshiels. Number of turbines: 17. Effective capacity: 42MW. Power supplied: Equivalent to 24,000 homes1

About Eneco UK:
Eneco UK () is based in Warwick and headed by Director, Guy Madgwick. The UK wind portfolio includes Scottish onshore projects: Tullo and Twinshiels Wind Farms, fully operational with a combined generating capacity of 42MW, located in Laurencekirk, Aberdeenshire; Burn of Whilk Wind Farm (22.5MW) located west of Wick, Caithness – currently under construction; Moy Wind Farm (60MW) in The Highlands – currently under construction; Lochluichart Wind Farm (69MW) in The Highlands – fully operational and Macritch Hill, a proposed 54MW wind farm located in Angus that is being developed in partnership with Scottish Water. Eneco is also a 50:50 development partner in the Navitus Bay offshore wind project located to the west of the Isle of Wight. In November 2013, the company acquired its first solar project in the UK - the 10MW Sevor Solar Farm near South Marston, Swindon.

About Eneco UK Ltd:
Eneco UK (www.eneco.co.uk) is based in Warwick and headed by Director, Guy Madgwick. The UK wind portfolio includes Scottish onshore projects: Tullo and Tullo II Wind Farms, fully operational with a combined generating capacity of 42MW, located in Laurencekirk, Aberdeenshire; Burn of Whilk Wind Farm (22.5MW) located west of Wick, Caithness – currently under construction; Moy Wind Farm (60MW) in The Highlands – currently under construction; Lochluichart Wind Farm (69MW) in The Highlands – fully operational and Macritch Hill, a proposed 54MW wind farm located in Angus that is being developed in partnership with Scottish Water. Eneco is also a 50:50 development partner in the Navitus Bay offshore wind project located to the west of the Isle of Wight. In November 2013, the company acquired its first solar project in the UK - the 10MW Sevor Solar Farm near South Marston, Swindon.