Killington is an upland farming village of 150 people spread over 20 square miles in the Lune Valley in south-east Cumbria. The nearest town is Sedbergh, and K-SET aims to help the people not only of Killington but of Sedbergh and Dent and the surrounding area, including the Lune Valley as far as Kirkby Lonsdale.

Like so many people we are keen to do our bit to reduce our dependence on carbon energy. We started by doing a carbon footprint survey and that was a shock. The high figure was perhaps not surprising as we have no bus service, live 4 to 7 miles from any shop and have no mains gas. Nearly half of us are farmers who have to have four wheeled drive vehicles and to use tractors. Foreign holidays do not loom large in our personal calendars.

We have continued energy surveying, have found funding for insulation for houses in the village and have held information evenings. Our main project (click this link for a page of details) is the installation of a 50kW Archimedean screw turbine in the River Lune.

Objects of the Trust

  1. To manage land and associated assets for the benefit of the community and the public in general, particularly for the purpose of implementing carbon reduction measures.
  2. To develop exemplar community projects applicable to rural locations for producing energy from renewable sources and reducing energy consumption.
  3. To raise awareness of the principles of sustainability (where 'sustainability' means meeting the needs of the present generation without compromising that of future generations).
  4. To advance the education of the local community and others, as appropriate, about the importance of sustainability, particularly in respect of the need for individuals and households and businesses to reduce their carbon footprint.

K-SET Newsletter March 2017 - see News page weirsmall

picture of spring flowers and the river
picture of a solar electricity installation
picture of the screw being craned in