Hundreds of people of all ages enjoyed a day of entertainment and activities last weekend to help mark the official opening of the Berry Burn Wind Farm in Moray.
Kite flying displays, lessons and design sessions, balloon modelling, a mini Highland Games and Highland dancing were among the attractions at the Berry Burn Family Fun Day, organised by wind farm operators Statkraft as part of the company’s community engagement.
The free community event also featured interactive circus skills, face painting and a bouncy castle, while there was an opportunity to learn more about the site and see inside one of the 29 turbines. The nearly 500 strong crowd enjoyed locally-sourced food and funds raised at the event helped two local charity partners; The Findhorn, Nairn and Lossie Fisheries Trust; and Friends of The Oaks who help support Moray’s palliative care centre in Elgin.
Berry Burn Wind Farm came into full operation in April this year. Its 29 Enercon E70 wind turbines can produce enough clean energy annually to meet the electricity need of more than 43,000 households.
Sergio Castedo, Director, Statkraft UK, said: “We have worked in partnership with the community every step of the way regarding the development via consultations, open days, presentations and other activities, and we aim to maintain a strong and participative relationship throughout Berry Burn’s operation.”