President: Nigel Evans MP * Vice President: Sir Bernard Ingham
Patrons: The Rt. Rev John Oliver, the former Bishop of Hereford; Colin Pickthall MP.
Past Patron: Rt. Hon Neil Kinnock, former leader of the Labour Party
Chairman: Angela Kelly
Vice Chairman : Ann West
Country Guardian was established in 1990 in response to the first wind power station developments which flowed from the first round of the Non-Fossil Fuel Obligation. The founder was Joseph Lythgoe, a life-long countrylover and conservationist who was particularly appalled by the wind-developers' assault on his beloved Furness Peninsula in Cumbria, but more generally by the realisation that to meet their target of providing 10% of the country's electricity from wind, the power companies would need to built tens of thousands of turbines, mainly in our finest coastal and upland landscapes in the west of the British Isles. Joseph Lythgoe died in March 2000
Country Guardian acts as a clearing house for information and advice, servicing the action groups which spring up every time a wind development is mooted. It helps the groups to pool information and experience and avoids each new group having to re-invent the wheel. It has three hundred members, but half of these have joined as representatives of action groups, so that in reality we are backed by many thousands of people.
Country Guardian is not supported financially by any larger organisation or vested interests. Its officers are unpaid and voluntary and its expenses are met entirely from the subscriptions and donations of its members.The membership fee is nominal. Its President is Nigel Evans MP. and Vice President is Sir Bernard Ingham. Neil Kinnock was Patron until he was obliged to resign under the terms of his new appointment as European CommissionPlease join if you would like to help save Britain's unique landscape heritage, by printing off the Membership Application Form and sending it to the Membership Secretary.
Country Guardian is not opposed to wind energy as such, but its experience makes it wary of endorsing any windfarm scheme. Its Manifesto on Windfarms clearly states what is acceptable.
'When the Wind Blows' an article written by Country Guardian's Chairman Angela Kelly, brings the issues together in a very forceful way
General Enquiries :
Angela Kelly: 1, Police House, Heol-y-Dwr, Hay -on-Wye, Hereford HR3 5AS
Membership and Distribution :
Gerald Sewell, Holme Lea , Brayton Road, Aspatria, Wigton, Cumbria CA73DN
Editor: Michael Hird, 4 Copperfields, Beaconsfield, Bucks HP9 2NS
Press enquiries, technical information, windpower developments in Wales
Ann West: The Vron, Cregrina, Powys LD1 5SF.
Patrons: The Former Bishop of Hereford & Colin Pickthall MP
President: Nigel Evans MP, Vice President: Sir Bernard Ingham
Past Patron: The Rt Hon Neil Kinnock
Chair: Angela Kelly
The National Campaign Against Wind Power Stations
Application for Membership
Please enrol me/us in Country Guardian. I support its national campaign against the commercial development of Wind Power Stations on our hills and coastlines.
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_______________________________________ Postcode: ________________________
I am/am not prepared to support Country Guardian actively.
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Country Guardian is a voluntary organisation funded entirely by membership fees and donations from concerned individuals. It has no connection with any vested interest.
Please return this form to the Membership Secretary:
Mr G.Sewell, Holme Lea, Brayton Road Aspatria, Wigton, Cumbria CA7 3DN
If you wish to register your group in Country Guardian's List of UK Windfarm Action Groups please send details the the editor