Farm ready to grow even greener

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A GREEN-THEMED conference and education centre on the rural edge of Sheffield is improving its environmental credentials.

Green Directions at Townfield Head Farm, near Stannington, has secured planning permission for a 10-kilowatt turbine that will mean it will be virtually energy self-sufficient.

The centre already has one wind turbine and a solar unit and the new turbine is designed to further reduce carbon emissions.

Customers will also have the opportunity to see the effectiveness of renewable energy systems at first hand.

Most of the turbine installation will be carried out by Rotary Engineering, which is based in Halfway.

Green Directions owner Mark Woodward said: “This is a great addition to our green technology resources as it will provide huge environmental benefits for many years.”

The business and its smallholding, which overlooks the Peak District, was created in a farmhouse and incorporates lessons in green technology into team-building, training and educational activities.

Visitors are also invited to meet the Tamworth pigs, see how the farm grows it own vegetables and fruit and to try its charcuterie and chocolates.