River Cottage have installed a temporary wind turbine in partnership with Octopus Energy Generation. The turbine will be up for most of February (exact decommission dates are weather dependent) and will be taken down by March 12th at the latest. The turbine is considered a temporary structure, in line with the National Planning Permissions Framework.
The temporary turbine will generate 100% clean electricity for River Cottage while it is up and it is part of a campaign by the Octopus Development Team to build more permanent wind turbines across England.
Throughout February, here at River Cottage, we will also have 2 Electric Vehicle charging points on site at River Cottage. These will be free to use for our visitors and neighbours, so if you have an electric vehicle, please do pop by and make use of it (and drop in for a bite to eat whilst you’re here)!
As part of our Clean Energy Month, we'll be hosting some events in partnership with Octopus Energy:
Family Activities with Octopus Energy - 10th Feb 2024
We will be running an afternoon of drop-in family activities in the River Cottage Kitchen & Store on Saturday 10th February. Throughout the month of February, River Cottage will be powered by Octopus Energy Generation’s portable wind turbine, Gusty Spinfield as part of our Test a Turbine initiative. As Gusty spins clean electrons to power the festivities, we will be running the following activities:
- Wind turbine mapping - tell us where you think wind turbines should go in the area!
- We’ll be displaying our Octopus Energy Max Power Connect dashboard, so guests can see how much power the turbine is generating in real time!
- Up close tours of Gusty Spinfield
3:15pm: Model wind turbine decorating
4pm: Cookie Decorating
This event is suitable for all ages and the River Cottage restaurant will be open for business as usual, serving delicious seasonal food and drink. You can drop-in, or book a table for lunch by calling 01297 630 300.
Sip & Paint Evenings - 24th Feb 2024
We will be hosting a Sip & Paint evening on the 24th February, where you can join local watercolour artist Harriet de Winton in our Kitchen & Store for an evening of creativity and carbon-free conversation – with a glass of organic prosecco in one hand and a paint brush in the other.
In addition to these events, Octopus and River Cottage have reached out to local schools offering free educational visits throughout the month, centred around renewable energy and sustainable farming.
If you have any questions, please email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org at Octopus Energy Generation.
The Octopus and River Cottage Teams