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February 22, 2012

FRESH Talking

Over the years, Fintry has acquired a reputation for doing things a bit differently. Their thinking on how communities can benefit from wind farms and their vision for themselves as a low carbon community of the future has inspired many others.  They also run a festival each year. A likely highlight of FRESH 12 will be ‘Power to the People – the citizen and energy independence’. Well known speakers armed with film clips from Scottish Screen Archive…more             


Kaiya Marjoribanks, Stirling Observer Friday

THE POWER of film is being used at a Fintry event to spark debate about the future of low carbon energy.  The Fintry Renewable Show, FRESH 2012, is playing host on March 9 to Moving Conversations.

Entitled, “Power to the People – the citizen and energy independence”, it brings together ice cream and wind power magnate, Maitland Mackie, localism activist and chair of the Forestry Commission Pam Warhurst, land ownership campaigner Andy Wightman and renewable energy entrepreneur Max Carcas. Each will come armed with an entertaining clip from the Scottish Screen Archive with which they will try to convince the audience of the strength of their arguments.

FRESH 2012 organiser Kelly McIntyre said: “While renewable energy is a serious subject, the village of Fintry wishes to celebrate the success and potential of low carbon technologies, hence FRESH, our third renewable energy show, will offer a wide array of talks, exhibitions, workshops, food, crafts and fun.

“Moving Conversations is the centrepiece of our events schedule and with the line-up of experts, allied to some intriguing film clips, we can guarantee a fantastic wide-ranging debate on Scotland’s energy future. Don’t fight the power, like the power!”

The Moving Conversations debate is set to explore the future of energy generation and use in Scotland. Its particular focus will be on the potential for individuals and households to generate more of their own energy and control that which they use.

A key question will be if we can look forward to energy independence for the citizen, regardless of the political backdrop. To fuel the debate, each panellist will show a clip that they have chosen from the Scottish Screen Archive, the national audiovisual collection, managed by the National Libraries of Scotland.

Organised by the Fintry Development Trust, FRESH 2012 takes place over March 9-10 in and around the village of Fintry. The event runs from 10am to 4pm both days.

As well as talks, the festival includes demonstrations of micro-renewable power technologies, visits to domestic installations, a local food and crafts market, kids’ activities, visits to the woodland classroom, trips around the local Earlsburn wind farm, and much more. For more information visit

Moving Conversations is on from 2.30-4pm on March 9 in Menzies Hall, Main Street, Fintry. The event is free to attend.

Watch the recently released short documentary on Fintry and FDT at: