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Energy Trail Launch at Conservation Charity HQ

15th September 2011


An innovative energy trail which will teach youngsters about eco-friendly ways
of generating power was launched in July at the Staffordshire Wildlife Trust’s
Headquarters HQ, the Wolseley Centre.

The trail, in the grounds of Staffordshire Wildlife Trust’s Wolseley Bridge visitor
centre, is made up of a number of features including a small wind turbine, solar panels
and a water wheel, which will be used to demonstrate sustainable energy to visiting
school groups.

The project is the result of a partnership between the Trust and Rugeley Power
Station, who secured £15,000 towards the installation of the trail from International
Power’s Flagship Award.

A big thank you to the following schools who sent pupils to celebrate the launch:
Redbrook Hayes Primary and Churchfields Primary from Rugeley, The Croft Primary
in Armitage, Highfields Primary in Burntwood and St.Filumena’s from Caversawall.
A thank you also to the pupils and teachers at John Bamford School in Rugeley who
attended a successful pilot of the programme in May.

Pupils from the schools got stuck into some hands-on activities such as making their
own water wheels and using the hand cranked generator to make light bulbs light up.

The Trust’s southern education manager Jo Perry said: “The aim of the trail is give
young people an understanding of the different ways that energy can be generated and
the issues surrounding renewable energy.

“We have tried out some of the activities with visiting school children already and
they have found it really interesting and enjoyable.”

Katie Busfield, education manager at Rugeley Power Station added: “Many thanks
to all those involved in this exciting venture – it has proved to be a real collaborative
effort!”

Station engineers and apprentices, together with power station contractors Promanex
helped to source, build and install the features with the assistance of energy education
consultant Rob Farr, the Energy MC2.

What pupils and teachers said of the event:
“It was friendly and well organised. It was a privilege to be here.”
“It was thoroughly enjoyed by all and very well organized—thank you!”
“This is the way forward in education.”
“It was great fun and you don’t realize you are learning.”
“Great fun—our world needs to know about things like solar energy.”
“I loved being outdoors to learn.”

Below: Guy Corbett Director of Staffordshire Wildlife Trust cuts the ribbon with
Dave Hewetson, Engineering Manager at Rugeley Power Station.