Hadrians Wall and Crag Lough
from Hotbank Crags'.
A suitable symbol for defending
our countryside from the barbarians.
- the 'Land of Far Horizons'.
“In Northumberland alone, both heaven and earth are seen, we walk all day
on long ridges, high enough to give far views of moor and valley, and the
sense of solitude below. It is the land of far horizons . . .”
G. M. Trevelyan ‘The Middle Marches’.
The Future - "A Wind Energy Landscape"?
Northumberland is now facing 627.5MW of onshore wind power stations at the pre-application stage (ca. 300 turbines). Even the regional planners now admit that some 'areas of least constraint' for wind development in the unspoilt, rural areas of Alnwick, Tynedale and Berwick-upon-Tweed - whose main industry is tourism - could now end up with so many turbines that a viewer would think, “this is a wind energy landscape”.
Hepburn Moor, Northumberland,
Looking West to the Cheviot Hills
|Hepburn Moor (left): The
Middlemoor power station (18 x 125 m. [410 ft.] turbines) would be ca.
6 km from this position and would dominate the heather moorland with
its Iron Age hill forts and glorious views to the Northumberland
National Park and the Cheviot Hills. This moor is immediately
above the walled park of Chillingham Castle with its unique herd of
wild cattle. It is a popular area with walkers, painters and
Middlemoor is over 50MW and so will be determined by the DTI (write and protest now, details on the 'Stop the Alnwick & Berwick Turbines' website, left). There is another proposal for 10 x 125 m. turbines at Wandylaw, immediately to the north of Middlemoor on this plateau and EHN is scoping two further sites which would be even closer to this viewpoint.
Cheviots from Halidon Hill,
Berwick-upon-Tweed, 36 turbines are
proposed for the ridgeline
on the plateau shown here.
All images on this page:
Copyright © Don Brownlow Borders Photography
|Just a few miles further north, we are
facing another three proposals
on a small lowland plateau just to the south of Berwick-upon-Tweed.
These are for 36 turbines of between 110 and 125 m. [360-410 ft.] which
would dominate the northern approaches to the National Park and would,
with the Middlemoor/Wandylaw turbines, line the skyline of the heritage
coast from Holy Island to Bamburgh Castle. (See the 'Moorsyde' website).
For centuries, Northumberland was a lawless frontier where 'reivers' raided, robbed and killed, reducing the region to penury. Now Northumberland is under threat again. The reivers now wear suits and are armed with laptops and document cases rather than spears and broadswords. But their intent is the same - a quick killing with no regard to the land, the local people or their livelihoods.
Moorsyde Action Group [MAG] - http://www.moorsydeactiongroup.org.uk/
This page was made in earlt 2006. . For the latest news about what is happening where Don Lives now, go to the moorsydeactiongroup website.
It also has many interesting links and some good information.