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Young windfarm visitor praised for honesty


ScottishPower Renewables today (Monday, 15th August) praised an honest young visitor to its Whitelee Windfarm after he posted back a souvenir he thought his mum had paid for with a letter of apology.

More than half a million people have visited the site on the windswept Eaglesham moors since it opened in 2009 to learn more about the 215 towering turbines at its onsite visitor centre.

And while many leave with treats and gifts from the cafe/shop, it is not often an honest mix-up comes to light in such a way.

The letter was opened by surprised visitor centre staff, along with the unpaid ‘stretchy man’ souvenir toy, from a young boy named ‘Daniel’.

Ian Parkinson, Visitor Centre Manager at Whitelee Windfarm Visitor Centre, said: “We’re often contacted by people wishing to find out more about the UK’s biggest windfarm, but it’s not often we receive mail like this.

“I’d certainly like to praise this very honest young boy for admitting his mistake, and for his sincerity in his actions. It’s certainly heart-warming to think that someone would go to such lengths to return an item of very small value to us.

“Unfortunately we don’t have Daniel’s return address to send him back our own gesture of thanks, but I do hope he gets touch or visits us again with his mum, we’d be delighted to see them back at Whitelee in the future.”

Whitelee is the UK’s biggest windfarm, based on the outskirts of Glasgow, and generates around 539 megawatts of electricity, enough to power just under 300,000 homes. It is also home to more than 130 kilometres of trails open to explore, run, walk or cycle.