From Windy Miller to Wind Farms
At Little Trekkers HQ, we know all about the power of the wind, just walking to the office can be a mammoth trek against nature here in the Yorkshire wilderness. So it’s no wonder that we have embraced the elements and are on our way to being powered by sustainable energy sources, starting with wind power.
Windy Miller and Beyond
Way back in the day, in fact to the time of the Doomsday Book, there were over 5000 windmills in England, grinding grain and pumping water. Along came the invention of the steam engine and the Industrial Revolution and slowly these wonderful buildings fell into disuse.
Yet they still hold a special place in our hearts, many have been converted into homes and even now over 700 remain open to the public giving an insight to working life from days gone by.
Blowing in the Wind
Today, wind turbines are being used to produce electricity as a renewable energy force. Just like the original windmills, wind turbines are best placed where there is strong and constant wind, so Little Trekkers HQ is ideal!!
Did You Know
- Outwood Windmill in Surrey is Britain’s oldest working windmill, built in 1665.
- Lincolnshire has the most working windmills in the country and is also home to the tallest windmill in the country in the village of Moulton.
- Ness Point wind turbine in Lowestoft, also known as “Gulliver” is the tallest wind turbine in the country at 126 metres from base to blade tip.
Is there a wind farm near where you live or are you using sustainable energy methods in your own household?
Maybe you live in a converted windmill or have been involved in the restoration of one.
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