On Wednesday we had a booked home ed visit as a group to Drax Power Station in Selby. I have never been to a power station before and I was quite excited/nervous/worried. It was quite structured and did feel very much like a school trip, which was not something I enjoyed but had we not gone in a group we probably wouldn't have had the opportunity to go. When we got there we had to wait for everyone to arrive, we had managed to be quite early as I'd allowed lots of time for getting lost, which amazingly for me, I didn't! Then we all boarded a coach and were taken to the learning centre for a talk.
Sadly, we weren't permitted to take any photograph's inside the power station. But I can tell you that it was incredibly noisy, quite dirty and very, very overwhelming. Piper decided to go with the younger children as she really doesn't like noise or dirt or see through, metal stairs, so it really wouldn't have been much to her liking. We were given safety helmets, high vis vests, safety glasses and ear plugs to wear and had four staff members with us the whole time. It was very well organised but there was so much information given to us that I think a lot of it went over the kids heads, most of it went over mine anyway. And since I've come home and thought more about I can't help thinking more about the bad side effects that power stations and pylons have on the environment, land and people around them. I wouldn't like to live in Selby with the looming cooling towers behind my house and it really made me question what kind of effects they really have.
After lunch, we were taken back on the coach and driven down to nature reserve, again the staff were very positive about what the power station were doing to restore the natural environment. This was a picture of a set or den from either badgers or a fox, not sure exactly which.
This was where all the ash goes from the coal being burnt. The grass begins to grown over it and holds it all together.