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Another successful year for Stockport Hydro Ltd, 11 local projects benefit from the 2017 Environmental Challenge Award

Representatives of the projects received their awards at 10.30 am on 10th March 2017 at Stockport Hydro at Otterspool on the River Goyt. This year the fund, created by the sale of renewable energy, has been increased to £2,000. Awards were presented to:

  • Furniture Station, Hazel Grove; contribution to working safely courses for staff.
  • Friends of Marple Memorial Park; new pollen and nectar rich plants and trees to improve diversity of park.
  • Seashell Trust; creation of a raised bed enabling children in wheelchairs to participate in horticultural activities alongside children and young adults with learning difficulties and sensory impairment.
  • All Saints C of E Primary School; purchase of trees to improve school grounds.
  • MESS; purchase of picnic table for community orchard.
  • Friends of Torkington Park; installation of bird and bat boxes.
  • Heaton School; provision of mats for wheelchair access to forest activities and purchase of fire pit to enhance sensory experiences of children and young adults with learning difficulties and sensory impairment.
  • Walthew House; contribution towards costs of materials for leisure activities for centre users with sight, hearing or sensory loss.
  • Friends of Hesketh Park and Mellor Green; funding for purchase of hedging, shrubs, self-seeding annual and perennial wild flowers.
  • St Christopher’s Primary School; purchase of outdoor clothing to ensure all children engage in outdoor activities.
  • Marple Community Café; purchase a hob to enable hot food to be sold.

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.

LIGHTNING BACK IN COMMISSION

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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