The BBC World Service Masts Make Way for £100 Million Solar Farm
Yesterday, I was privileged to be asked to attend a PR event by a local energy company who have taken over the old BBC World Service site in Dorset.
The old masts which were first used to broadcast in 1941, are being demolished to make way for a new, £100 million solar farm. We were reassured that the company would do all they can to preserve the nature, wildlife and general well-being of the area whilst, for some, improving the landscape and skyline.
Some locals have come to love the masts for their historical value and others simply as a “homing beacon” landmark to find their way home. Three masts are apparently being kept for local transmissions, phone networks and possibly Wi-Fi for the area so there will always be some legacy left behind.
The largest of the masts was demolished for us and we were allowed to film it (see video below). The base of each leg was cut and then the mast, using the existing cables attached to the top, was simply pulled over using a tractor.
I was amazed at how slowly the mast fell, it was almost like slow motion…even when it hit the ground with a loud thud.
Great to see this historical event…