A PHOTOGRAPHER has produced a calendar of the controversial Scout Moor wind farm.

Paul Anderson, from Ramsbottom, has been taking photos of the development since const-ruction began in 2006.

People from as far away as Devon, Oxford and even France have purchased the calendar since it was launched less than a week ago.

But a councillor said that local people were still struggling to accept the wind farm. Paul said: “I was up there come rain or shine and feel that I've captured the wind farm through the seasons and hope the calendar is a lasting mem-ory and people treasure it as a keepsake.”

The wind farm, which was officially opened in Sep-tember this year and cost £50 million, took all of most of two years to bring to completion.

Many Rossendale people were opposed to the wind farm’s location and Coun Darryl Smith said he did not think the calendar would win over the hearts of local people. He said: “The people of Rossendale do not need reminding of the turbines that spoil the skyline.

“We see them on a daily basis and I do think many people here will be rushing out to buy a calendar dedicated to them.

“There’s no getting away from the fact that they look very dramatic up there on the hills and we’re still not happy with the decision to bring them here.”

Now the largest onshore wind farm in the UK, Scout Moor stretches between Rawtenstall and Rochdale.

The calendar captures images of many of the 26 turbines which generate enough energy to power 40,000 homes across the region.

The photos of the turbines were taken at various stages of construction at different times of the year.

The task of selecting 12 photos for the calendar was not an easy one for the Ramsbottom man.

Paul said: “I've really enjoyed putting it together, although choosing the pictures was really difficult and we had to do a 14 month version, as I couldn't choose!"

The calendar costs £6.50. To order a copy of the 14-month limited edition 2009 calendar, go to the address below.