Wind farm’s £80k funding

Darley Memorial Hall, which has benefited from the Knabs Ridge fund (S)
Darley Memorial Hall, which has benefited from the Knabs Ridge fund (S)

A community grants fund run by Knabs Ridge wind farm has given more than £80,000 to good causes around Nidderdale.

RWE npower – the company that runs the wind farm – puts money into the Knabs Ridge Wind Farm Community Fund, which is adminsitered by charity the Two Ridings Community Foundation.

Since the wind farm launched in November 2008 the company says it has given out £80,000 to projects in Felliscliffe, Hampsthwaite, Birstwith, Norwood, Menwith with Darley, Haverah Park with Beckwithshaw and Fewston.

Grants have gone to Darley Memorial Hall and a cricket club in need of a new lawnmower, and have brought broadband to Hampsthwaite Memorial Hall.

Kathryn Harries, UK Community Investment Officer at RWE npower renewables, said: “The fund has been used to finance a range of projects including a £2500 award to renovate Birstwith Church Hall’s kitchen.

“An award of £2500 was also put towards a children’s play area in Birstwith which the local community had waited 40 years for. A £375 award was even used to replace the lights used on Hampsthwaite’s Christmas tree, bringing some festive cheer to the village.

“During the life of the wind farm, which is expected to be up to 25 years, the fund will distribute in the region of £400,000, ensuring that many more local organisations and causes can be supported.”

• A spokesman for RWE said the company is not involved in two planning applications for more turbines near Knabs Ridge, due to be decided by Harrogate Borough Council in the coming months.