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Sunday, 21 June 2015

Dorset: Wind Power. Solar Power, Poetry Power, A Local Controversy; Solar Power Farm Plans; Writers and Conservation

Poetry Power

The name of Thomas Hardy (or William Barnes) is brought into many disputes about unwelcome development projects or environmental/conservation issues in Dorset. The enduring power of poets and writers!

From mailonline:

"The Mapperton solar farm near picturesque Almer in Dorset will consume 106 acres of prime agricultural land – equivalent to 70 soccer pitches – owned by Richard Drax. Protesters say the planned 90,000 solar panels have no place on the landscape which was immortalised as the fictitious county of Wessex in Thomas Hardy’s works. Hardy’s 1882 novel Two On A Tower was inspired by views from nearby Charborough Park, and conservation groups and local residents say many of the rural landscapes the writer loved so much will be ruined if the scheme goes ahead".

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