Thailand Delegation Visits Award-winning South Pennine Projects

A delegation of professionals from Thailand visited the South Pennines in August 2013 to study how local communities are at the forefront of environmental action whether it is sustainable energy production, land management or food production.

Hosted by the award-winning Watershed Landscape Project, the delegates from the Thailand Business Council for Sustainable Development were welcomed by the Mayor of Hebden Royd Town Council, Councillor Karl Boggis.

Visits were organised to look at generating power from water and wind, community education, and food growing. David Fletcher explained how the 10KwH Archimedes Screw that has been installed in Bridge Mill covers the energy needs of the Mill, whilst Ashley Sharpe of Pennine Community Power described how local residents had raised money through a share offer to erect a wind turbine. Polly Weber, Director of the Alternative Technology Centre, showed the education work of the Centre in Hebden Bridge, whilst Pam Warhurst CBE described the work of Incredible Edible and the future of local food in Todmorden.

Pam Warhurst, Chair of Pennine Prospects said 'This is fabulous. The South Pennines are really on the map for our pioneering work on food growing, renewable energy and landscape  management. With our award-winning Watershed Landscape Project we have had interest from across the globe. Our visitors from Thailand were really impressed by just how much is going on and the enthusiasm of volunteers and residents.'