European Visitors at WNSC

Oswestry, United Kingdom, November 01, 2014 --( Walford and North Shropshire College (WNSC) played host to the third partnership meeting of the Leonardo Partnership Project recently, the Partnership is made up of organisations from Germany, Spain, France, Turkey and the UK and is funded through the Life Long Learning Programme.

The visitors held meetings, theory work and site visits. Members of the Project visited Simon Gittins’ Wykey Farm in Ruyton XI Towns where they viewed the Large Scale Anaerobic Digestion Plant which is fed by maize, chicken manure and waste potatoes. Project members also visited Mark Gethin and his Lower House Farm in Cardeston, the members where impressed to see Mark making use of solar power, wind power, an anaerobic digester and composting.

The partnership is developing training modules in renewable energy including Biogas (on farms), Solar Water Heating Systems, Solar Energy, Agricultural Energy Diagnostics (for farms) and Electrical Engineering for Technical Staff on Biogas Plants. Each partner country will deliver their individual module with students being able to take part from throughout Europe.

Phil Ridley, Enterprise and Development Manager, commented "The visit by the partners for the Renewable Energy Project went extremely well, despite the wet weather. All of the partners were impressed with the use of technology on farms, both to process waste and generate heat and electricity. The meetings were productive, moving the project forward to the point where discussions took place to send students to different countries to study individual modules. This will be a fantastic opportunity for anybody who takes up the modules, not only visiting a different country, but learning about different methods, latest technology and skills."

For more information on the Leonardo Partnership Project, please email WNSC’s Enterprise and Development manager Phil Ridley at or call 01939 262154 or visit
Walford & North Shropshire College
Lucy Evans
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