May 29, 2012 | Quixwood Moor News
The head of a group dedicated to maintaining the scenic beauty of Berwickshire footpaths has praised the “fantastic” support from a wind farm developer.
Scottish Borders warden Laurie Wood is delighted with the donation from Banks Renewables which will enable the Berwickshire Waste Off Our Footpaths (WOOFS) to buy thousands of branded dog poop scoop bags.
Mr Wood said: “Everyone knows renewable energy is all about improving the global environment. I’m delighted to see a company like Banks helping groups like ours improved the environment at such a local level.
“Nobody likes dog fouling and we want to make sure families, visitors and walkers should not have to endure this unsightly and unpleasant problem while enjoying the network of scenic footpaths in our area.
“We are run entirely by volunteers and through fundraising, so donations from private entities such as the fantastic amount pledged by Banks Renewables are helping our cause greatly, and we cannot thank them enough.”
WOOFS is supported by the Berwickshire Community Safety Panel and volunteer members encourage dog owners to clean up after their pets and aim to change attitudes about dog fouling. As part of that they hand out 24,000 free, branded bags to pet owners each month.
Hamilton-based Banks Renewables made a donation of £500 to the scheme, which will pay for 50,000 thousand plastic bags to be handed out to dog owners.
As part of its development with care approach, the company identifies local community groups and voluntary organisations that it can support in the vicinity of its renewable energy developments.
Banks Renewables recently submitted a planning application to Scottish Borders Council for a 14 turbine wind farm to be installed at Quixwood Farm.
It could generate up to 32.3MW of energy, enough to meet the annual energy needs of 19,400 homes and would remove 54,200 tonnes of CO2 annually from the atmosphere that would be released if the electricity was generated by non-renewable means.
Phil Dyke director of Banks Renewables said: “Our development with care policy is fundamental to everything we do.
“It is really important to us that we develop a positive long term relationship with local communities and work in partnership with them to ensure that local families and businesses see real, long lasting benefits from their local wind farm.
“Identifying and supporting local groups such as WOOFS is just one way in which we are doing this and we are delighted to be able to help support them in the worthwhile work they carry out to help the quality of footpaths in the area.
“We hope that our donation makes a difference to the group and will continue to offer support to local community groups throughout the development process, as well as the lifetime of the proposed site.”
Since the project launched in July 2011 almost 500 pet owners have signed up a total of 589 dogs to the scheme.
Laurie Wood added: “Out of the various types of anti social behaviour, dog fouling comes high up the list in Berwickshire.
“WOOFS was set up to tackle this problem and the feedback we have had so far has been overwhelmingly positive from local residents and dog owners.”
Banks Renewables is committed to maintaining the positive community relationships that it has developed over the last year in the run up to the submission of the planning application and welcomes all feedback in respect of the application, as the proposal goes through the planning process.
Power generated by wind farms will help Scotland continue to enjoy the constant, reliable energy supply modern life demands – and such wind farms have already reduced the nation’s reliance on fossil fuels imported from unstable overseas markets.
For further information visit www.banksgroup.co.uk/quixwood-moor