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NT counters negative wind farm comments

National Trust has hit back over chairman Sir Simon Jenkins’ negative wind-farm comments.

Following comments by the National Trust’s (NT) chairman Sir Simon Jenkins regarding his opposition to wind farms, the Trust has claimed it continues to back the technology.

Mr Jenkins told the Daily Telegraph, “Broadly speaking, the National Trust is deeply sceptical of this form of renewable energy.”

However this stance has been countered by the NT. A spokesman said that the organisation’s positive stance on wind farms hadn’t changed

In 2010 the National Trust set itself a target of producing 50 per cent of the energy for its historic homes and sites from renewable sources by 2020.

Only five of its properties currently have wind turbines, and all are small-scale models, compared to dozens of sites with solar panels.

The Trust said it has a record of opposing more wind turbines than it has supported.

The Trust currently produces around 3 per cent of its energy from renewable sources, a similar figure to the 3.6 per cent for the UK as a whole.