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Goonhilly Wind Farm Community Fund invests £27,611 in 2015

30 October 2015

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Species Recovery Trust is among the groups across the TR12 postcode area to benefit from community investment from the Goonhilly Wind Farm Community Fund.  The group received £639 funding towards the cost of surveys of Goonhilly Downs.

The Fund invested £27,611 in the TR12 postcode area of which seven community investments were made in May and four in October. The CCF administers the fund on behalf of operator REG Windpower, and a panel of local people decides twice a year which applications are most deserving of support.

Groups that benefitted from the community investment in 2015 included Coverack Lambeage Hall and Battery, Friends of St Mellanus Church, Grade Ruan Community Trust, Grade Ruan Recreation Ground, Gweek Events Team, Gweek Players, Gweek Village Hall, Poldhu Amateur Radio Club, Shoestring Community Players, Species Recovery Trust and St Keverne Pre-School Playgroup. Over 200 volunteers involved in the successful projects benefiting over 8000 local residents.

Helen Macfarlane from Lambeage Hall said “We are thrilled to benefit from the Goonhilly trust grant monies to enhance our film night facilities at the Lambeage Hall, Coverack. We look forward to being able to see and hear the films we show!”

Claudia Richard, REG Windpower’s Community Relations Manager, said “We are pleased to see such a wide variety of good causes across the Lizard receive support from the Goonhilly Wind Farm Community Fund. We hope generations present and future can benefit from the worthy projects that have received funding.We would like to thank the Cornwall Community Foundation for their hard work in administering the fund, and our volunteer community fund panel members for their time to review the fund applications.”

The Species Recovery Trust is a small conservation charity that is committed to protecting 50 species from the edge of extinction by 2050 through effective conservation strategies. Field Gentian (Gentianella Campestris) is one of the most rapidly declining species in the British flora. It is now only found at a handful of sites in England including the Lizard Peninsula and one of the key sites is on Goonhilly Downs.

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The project aims to complete a full survey of the Goonhilly Downs site, to gain an accurate estimate of population numbers and to assess the quality for the habitat for the plant. With accurate and up to date survey data, the Species Recovery Trust will be able to work to ensure that the plants on Goonhilly Downs have the best habitat available to them. In addition if they are able to collect seeds, these could be used to provide plants for reintroduction projects elsewhere on the Lizard, thus helping to bring this rare wildflower back to the Cornish landscape.