Ralph Percy, the 12th Duke of Northumberland, has emerged as the unlikely people's hero in the fight against wind farms spreading across Britain.
Despite a series of lucrative and tempting offers worth tens of millions of pounds, he refuses to allow turbines to be built on any of his 100,000 acres. The Duke also gives support, including financial backing, to local campaigns against wind farms.
"I have turned down all requests to develop wind farms on the estate and I will continue to add my voice to those fighting local wind farms on the Northumberland and Borders landscape," he said in an email to The Sunday Telegraph. He has declined to give interviews on the subject but in a letter passed on to this newspaper, he outlined his reasons for his vehement opposition.
He wrote: "I have come to the personal conclusion that wind farms divide communities, ruin landscapes, affect tourism, make a minimal contribution to our energy needs and a negligible contribution towards reducing CO2 emissions.
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