Award for lighting scheme at Wimborne First School
2021 February 2
On 2020 Dec 8 a new first-class lighting installation in Dorset received the BAA Commission for Dark Skies’ Good Lighting Award. Certificates were presented to the recently completed Wimborne First School and to the Dorset Council Assets and Property Team, who supplied the custom-made scheme.
Exterior lights at the school, on the northern edge of the town, were designed with the surrounding environment in mind. Sensors ensure that they come on only when needed. With a ‘warm’ colour temperature of 3,000K and being directed strictly onto the area to be lit, the car park lights and small, shielded building downlighters respect local biodiversity and the superb night skies of the Cranborne Chase Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The border of the AONB, one of the newest International Dark Sky Reserves in Britain, is close to the school site.
Socially distanced in the presentation photograph (left to right) are site manager Andy Best, CfDS coordinator Bob Mizon, head teacher Mrs Sarah Hartley, Craig Thurgood of Dorset Assets and Property Team, Phil Lucas, CfDS member and chairman of the local Wessex Astronomical Society, and Richard Burden, principal landscape and planning officer of the Cranborne Chase AONB.
Bob Mizon, Coordinator, Commission for Dark Skies