In May 2019 during the All-Energy Conference in Glasgow, Marc launched ‘Project BIG’. Project BIG shows an alternative design approach to on-shore wind energy. The presentation of his talk at last years conference is accessible below. Marc was also invited to speak at the May 2020 conference but because of COVID 19 restrictions this has now been postponed until November 2020.
MVGLA demonstrated Windplanner at All Energy on the 2-3 May at the SEC in Glasgow. Thanks to all who visited us at stand M60!
Our prize draw for one year’s subscription to Windplanner was won by Finley Becks-Phelsps of Fred. Olsen.
Finley said: “I am absolutely delighted to have the opportunity to use Windplanner, very pleased to have won your competition. I am the New Sites Manager here at Fred. Olsen Renewables and look forward to utilising it in early wind farm planning. Allowing early involvement from local communities and consultees to make sure that we design projects that work for everyone allowing the program to demonstrate key viewpoints and illustrate the development process over and above normal practices.”
We are very proud to announce that MVGLA has joined The Imagineers Premium Reseller network, focusing on Scotland, England, Ireland and New Zealand. MVGLA will scout for Windplanner opportunities in this region, and will be the first point of contact for Windplanner related assistance, such as training, support and photography services.
MVGLA started trading in 2015 and is currently in its fourth year. The business has continued to grow with ongoing support form Julia Fenton as office administrator, Grant Carstairs as specialist photographer and John Paul Mason Msc who is a hydrogeologist and GIS specialist. We are delighted with the amount of new and repeat business and look forward to further growth.
MVGLA have recently completed the Conservation Strategy and Landowner Conservation Guidance Notes for the Clyde and Avon Valley area. The documents have been launched on the Clyde and Avon Valley Landscape Partnership website http://www.clydeandavonvalley.org/news-hub/item/guidance-published-for-landowners-of-designed-landscapes and made available at http://www.clydeandavonvalley.org/history-archaeology/item/glorious-gardens-conservation-strategy and in various libraries in the Clyde and Avon area. The Glorious Gardens project has been run by Scotland’s Garden and Landscape Heritage and funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Historic Environment Scotland. Beatrice, with our team of Matt Benians of MBLA and Jacquie Macleod of Talamh, ran a series of workshops involving landowners, heritage volunteers, local community groups and other stakeholders in developing user-friendly guidance for the conservation of historic gardens and designed landscapes. The second phase of the project, covering the Falkirk Council area, is starting up and will run till March 2018.
Marc has been raising funds for Parkinson’s Research during 2017 and set a target of £60,000.
Thanks to tremendous support, people have collectively raised more than £70,000 through sponsored cycles, including the gruelling Caledonian Etape, charitable auctions, fundraising dinners and other events.
There is still no cure for Parkinsons and whilst Marc is no longer actively fundraising his fundraising pages : www.shakyteam.com and www.justgiving.com/fundraising/marc-van-grieken1 are still live.