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Visit Wales and see some dramatic changes to the landscape
Building an access road through a peat bog on Forestry Commission Land at Cefn Croes.
National Parks and Forestry Commission
Not really. National Parks are not considered
appropriate sites for wind power installations and so far there are no wind
turbines in the National Parks of Wales. However, the Welsh Assembly has stated
that it would allow development of wind farms producing less than 25 megawatts
of power in the National Parks. A large modern turbine produces between 1.5 and
2 megawatts. So in theory we could see wind farms made up of at least 12
turbines, producing 24 megawatts, in our National Parks.
Definitely not. Forestry Commission land is actually
being targeted for wind farm development by the Welsh Assembly.
Yes. Even if wind turbines are not built in National
Parks, some of the proposed wind farms will be visible from these areas. For
example, the developers for the Blaengwen wind farm in Carmarthenshire showed in
their Environmental Statement that the ten 363-foot (110.5-metre) turbines, to
be built at an altitude of approximately 1,000 feet above sea level, would be
visible from parts of the
The Welsh Assembly has also identified an area referred
to as Coed Morgannwg, just south of the
To the west of the park, in the
To the south of the Park, there are two areas
identified for development: Carno North, 290 megawatts (about 180 turbines); and
Nant-y-Moch, 140 megawatts (about 70 turbines).
If these developments go ahead, they will most likely
have a visual impact on
This photograph shows a simulation of what a 27-turbine wind
farm would look like in the Clocaenog Forest. What the photograph does not
show is that very few of the trees will remain after the turbines are
What happens when wind farms are built on woodland?
Wind turbines and trees are not compatible. Trees are
cut down to make way for access roads into the site and for the pylons carrying
electricity from the site. Trees are also cleared from a large area around each
turbine in order to reduce wind interference.
Tree clearing at Cefn Croes
In November 2008, the Forestry Commission announced their preferred developer in each Strategic Search Area (SSA) in Wales, as defined in TAN8*:
TAN 8 SSA
|B||Carno North||290||Scottish Power|
|C||Newtown South||70||No bids, no plans|
* TAN8 = Technical Advice Note 8: Planning for Renewable Energy, published by the Welsh Assembly, July 2005.
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