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Funding Now available for local projects - Stockport Hydro Environmental Challenge 2017

We are once again pleased to announce we have £2000 of funding available for up to 10 local projects which will benefit the community and take place within the SMBC boundary.

For the full details and to apply please download the Environmental Challenge Application Form 2017 (PDF FORMAT) OR Environmental Challenge Application Form 2017 (WORD FORMAT) Click here to download a copy of the Environmental Challenge Guidelines 2017 (PDF FORMAT) For more information phone 0161 427 0411 or email:

Deadline for entries 31st January 2017

enviro challenge guidelines 2017 update march 2016 update march 2016

Stockport Hydro Splashes out – again

The Directors and Shareholders are delighted to welcome this years successful applicants for the 2nd Environmental Challenge Awards. We are also celebrating the re-commissioning of Generator-1, Lightning, after over a year lying idle. To mark the occasion, the very same day, the two screws between them recorded 1,007 kWh. Perhaps they were showing off! Run entirely by volunteers, the scheme expects to save over 100,000 tonnes of CO2 over the 40-year life of the project and feeds power directly into the national grid earning the government’s Feed-in-Tariffs, creating an income to pay a return for investors and the annual Environmental Challenge fund.

Stockport Hydro Environmental Challenge 2016 Awards

Friday 18th of March 2016 at the Hydro, Otterspool Weir, Mill Lane. SK6 3LQ 3 pm onwards for Visitors and Shareholders. 3.30 Environmental Challenge Award Winners’ tour and meet Shareholders. 4.00 presentations 5.00 end And the winners are..
Cale Green Primary School's Early years Unit has a large raised flower bed to use as educational resource. The unit received £175 to purchase seeds, plants and children sized gardening tools.
The Friends of Cromwell Avenue Park in Marple will use their £250 to create a community garden to further establish the park as the focal point of the local community.
St Mary's C of Primary School, an Eco-School in Reddish will use their £175 to buy equipment seeds and compost to teach children and parents to grow their own fruit and vegetables.
Staff at Heaton School in Heaton Chapel, are creating a Forest School Learning environment. Their £200 will purchase protective clothing, enabling the children to experience the outdoors in all weathers.
Ludworth Primary School have received £200 to purchase tools and safety gloves enabling children to learn woodland care and management as part of the Forest School sessions being taught throughout the school.
Please note there are no facilities or parking on the site. Please park in the Car Park at the junction of Vale Road / Otterspool Road. Romiley Stockport SK6 3LD.


On March 4th 2016 we were able to re-commission Generator-1, Lightning, after over a year lying idle. To mark the occasion, the very same day, the two screws between then recorded 1,007 kWh, always a rare event and last seen in May 2014. The problem had been a civil engineering one; the plinth which supported the lower bearing having broken away from its base. At first it had been thought that the bearing had failed but only after the winter waters had subsided was the true nature of the problem revealed. What also was revealed was the fantastic team of volunteers led by Phil, Dave & Nigel who spent many hours on preparatory work and supporting the contractors. Fortunately Generator-2, Thunder, kept going throughout and was only stopped as a precautionary measure on two nights when flooding threatened. By itself Thunder produced 57% of the budgeted output and it now remains for the screws reunited to wash away the accumulated build-up of silt.

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