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Wind farm could blow Crowe’s big deal

Hopes of luring Hollywood star Russell Crowe to film at a replica medieval village in the Scottish countryside are under threat from plans to build giant wind turbines.

The superstar and director Ridley Scott were considering shooting the sequel to their blockbuster Robin Hood at the Clanranald Trust in Carron Valley, near Denny, Stirlingshire.

But yesterday the Trust’s manager, Mallin Allan, said plans to build wind farms in countryside surrounding the so-far unspoilt site were undermining the film project.

Crowe visited the wooden stockade last year, after becoming friends with Mrs Allan’s husband, Charlie, while he was an extra in the Oscar-winning film Gladiator.

Mrs Allan fears several applications for wind farms nearby could blight the scenery, ruining the chances of the village becoming an international movie location for period shoots.

New Zealand-born Crowe has been a long-time supporter of the Trust’s project, visiting it last June, and arranging delivery of a £60,000 battering ram from the set of Robin Hood.

Mrs Allan said: “Russell and director Ridley Scott are already talking about filming Robin Hood II and are seriously considering coming here to film it.

“We have a number of other big-budget movies interested in this as a location as well, including one with Oscar winner ­Jeremy Irons. We are hoping to really put Scotland on the map as a film location through our work at Duncarron, however, if the area is covered in turbines, it will be unusable as a location. It’s just stupid.

“This sort of attention from film makers would not just be a huge thing for us, but it would make Scotland the go-to location.

“Allowing these wind farms here would not just be bad for us, they would be bad for Scotland.”

One planned site at Cairnoch Hill in the Carron Valley, near Denny, Stirlingshire, would have up to 16 400ft-tall turbines built on a 645-hectare site.

The village, which opens to the public next summer but holds an open weekend on July 16 and 17, will be both a visitor attraction and an education centre.

The final plans also include two 165ft-long houses and two gatehouses, and the village will be brought to life with costumed cooks and blacksmiths and other artisans.