Westmill Solar Farm to Host a Conference on ‘Solar Power, Farming, and Nature: Maximising the Benefits’

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Westmill Solar Farm to Host a Conference on ‘Solar Power, Farming, and Nature: Maximising the Benefits’

On Friday June 9th  the Westmill Sustainable Energy Trust (WeSET) is running a unique conference at the community-owned Westmill Solar Farm. The event is free – speakers include Dr. Jonathan Scurlock of the National Farmers Union; Chris Hewett, CEO, Solar Energy UK; and Dr. Alona Armstrong from the University of Lancaster and a leading expert on how solar power and biodiversity can develop together. Westmill Farm is at Watchfield between Swindon and Oxford.

Chris Church of WeSET said: “Solar power is an increasingly important and essential part of the UK’s energy system, providing cheap and clean electricity. But some people have reservations about its effects on farming and nature. This free one-day conference will explore these issues and hear from solar projects that are working to increase biodiversity and support farming. It will show how this new energy supply can be integrated into our countryside.”

The conference takes place at the Westmill solar farm (adjacent to the community-owned wind farm). There will be guided tours of the solar and wind farms before and after the conference.

For more information: Chris Church T:07710 409590


  1. Places are limited and advance booking is essential.  Book via: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/solar-power-farming-and-nature-maximising-the-benefits-tickets-617654670747
  2. Westmill is adjacent to the village of Watchfield on the A420 between Oxford and Swindon. The site is 12 minutes walk from the S6 bus route. Car parking is available on site. The conference runs from 10.30am – 4pm  Lunch and refreshments are included.
  3. For more info. See the Westmill Sustainable Energy Trust – www.weset.org

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