Credit:   Jackie Grant     Dumfries Standard     (29/06/12)


Buddhist monks are selling their spiritual retreat in the forest of Ae because they can’t live near a windfarm.


Scottish Power, which has lodged plans to extend the Harestanes development with a further 19, 125-foot turbines, said it was close to finalising a buy-out deal with the Tharpaland monks.


Concerned monks submitted evidence to a Scottish parliamentary inquiry into the government’s renewable energy plans, claiming they suffered serious side effects when they were praying within five miles of a windfarm.


They say these included: pain in the head and chest, heart palpitations, dizziness, dry retching, anger, heightened emotions and crying.



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