Voluntary Sector: Taking Action ... Say No To Fallago vs North British Wind Power

Protesters: Say No To Fallago
Target: North British Wind Power
Location: Lammermuir Hills, Scotland
Date: 12 June

The lowdown

More than 300 people took part in a protest march following a route along a nine-mile stretch of the Lammermuir Hills to protest against North British Wind Power's (NBWP) scheme at Fallago Rig in the Scottish Borders. Professor David Bellamy joined the campaigners.

- Why the protests?

The protest march took place against plans for a 48-turbine wind farm. Say No To Fallago claims it will destroy the last 'unspoiled section' of the landscape. Campaign group spokesman Mark Rowley said: 'We have really touched a nerve and we feel that those who cherish the importance of Scotland's rural landscapes are behind us. The Scottish Government must listen to our concerns.'

- How did NBWP respond?

The firm says the project can help meet Scotland's renewable energy goals and supply up to 80,000 homes. NBWP MD Andrew Shaw criticised Bellamy as one of a 'small minority' who refused to accept human activity was a major contributor to climate change. Shaw added: 'Fallago Rig is on land that is already degraded by a massive pylon line.'

- Media treatment

The BBC's news website covered the story, while the PA issued a brief news piece.

The Daily Telegraph quoted Shaw saying Bellamy had been 'discredited by many in the scientific community a long time ago'. The story was also covered by STV News.

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