Solar power brings farming to life for Wiltshire school

Schoolchildren in a Wiltshire village have some new farmyard companions thanks to funding from a local solar farm.

A grant of £500 from Good Energy’s Lower End Solar Farm in Marston went towards the purchase of a flock of chickens and a hutch for them to live in at Five Lanes Primary School in nearby Worton.


James Ryle, Communities Manager at Good Energy said: “We’re delighted to be supporting such a worthwhile project. We think it’s really important for the next generation to learn about where our food comes from. Having day-to-day responsibility for looking after the chickens will also be a valuable lesson for life.”

Mel Cunningham, Headteacher at Five Lanes Primary School said: “I think it’s important that children learn about how to look after our planet. It worries me that children don’t know – especially living in the country – about where their produce comes from. So what a great way to teach them! We’ll start small and hopefully with support, like we’ve had from Good Energy, we can expand.”

Good Energy, which provides 100% renewable electricity and green gas to homes and businesses all over the UK, will contribute at least £7,500 per year to community projects for the lifetime of Lower End Solar Farm.

Other recent grant beneficiaries include Holy Trinity Primary School for an outdoor classroom, Worton and Marston Parish Council towards refurbishing the Village Hall’s toilets as well as insurance for a community Halloween event. 

Notes to Editors

  • Good Energy’s Lower End Solar Farm was completed in June 2015
  • The site located at Marston in Wiltshire generates enough renewable electricity to power approximately 1,200 average homes.

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