COMMUNITY projects in the North Tyne and Redesdale are being encouraged to apply for a fund created from energy generated by the Ray Wind Farm, near Kirkwhelpington.

The community cash injection has already seen Northumberland National Park Mountain Rescue service invest in a new drone and Kirkwhelpington has already improved its sports field for all-year-round use.

The parishes of Bavington, Birtley, Elsdon, Corsenside, Kirkwhelpington, Otterburn and Wallington can also apply for a share of a £272,000 annual donation from Vattenfall to improve their communities, develop a project to improve life in the area, or help continue a service which already exists.

The donation is part of the Local Initiatives Fund – a cash boost for projects which are not for charitable purposes but nonetheless will deliver community benefit. It is administered by the Ray Wind Farm Fund Community Interest Company which comprises representatives of the parish councils and parishioners.

Peter Ramsden, chairman of the Ray Wind Farm Community Interest Company, said: “We need everyone to be aware that this cash is available and that local communities or individuals should not be afraid to apply. We wish to be flexible and are looking at projects both small and large – we are pleased to advise and encourage.”