Dearne Valley College shows green credentials

Dearne Valley College principle Martin Harrison at the opening of the new wind turbines at Dearne Valley College. Picture: Andrew Roe

Dearne Valley College principle Martin Harrison at the opening of the new wind turbines at Dearne Valley College. Picture: Andrew Roe

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A forward thinking college showed its green credentials when campaigning MP John Healey opened its new wind turbines.

The two 100 feet high turbines at Dearne Valley College Manvers campus, are the tallest of any school or college in the area and are aimed at reducing the college’s carbon footprint.

(l-r) Peter McNestry, chair of Coalfields Regeneration Trust, John Healey MP and Dearne Valley College principle Martin Harrison at the opening of the new wind turbines at Dearne Valley College. Picture: Andrew Roe

(l-r) Peter McNestry, chair of Coalfields Regeneration Trust, John Healey MP and Dearne Valley College principle Martin Harrison at the opening of the new wind turbines at Dearne Valley College. Picture: Andrew Roe

After cutting a ribbon, the Wentworth and Dearne MP declared the turbines officially open and praised the seat of learning’s eco ethos and its drive to become more self sufficient.

Other VIP guests at the event included chief executive of Barnsley and Rotherham Chamber of Commerce Andrew Denniff, local councillors, college staff and representatives from the Coalfields Regeneration Trust who funded the turbines.

Primary school pupils from the local area entered a competition to name both of the turbines as well as to create designs that will be incorporated into a display at the site in the future.

Winning students were Ashton Powney, six, of Lacewood Primary School, of Bolton-upon-Dearne, who named one of the turbines Aeolus – the Greek god of wind – and Ava-Elise Rebic, 11, of Carrfield Primary School, Bolton-upon-Dearne, who named the other turbine Windston.

Eve Kilroy, six, of Gooseacre Primary School, Thurnscoe, whose words on the green credentials of the turbines will be incorporated into a plaque to be placed on the installation, was also praised for her efforts. All three pupils helped Mr Healey cut the ribbon.

College principal Martin Harrison said: “This was a really great event. It was also great to promote the whole eco ethos of the college and to see lots of people from the community come together with a common environmental aim.”

John Healey MP added: “I expect we’ll see what’s now been done here copied in other parts of the country.”