Over the past week we have had an excavator at the intake on the common, beginning the slow task of pecking our way through the bedrock to lay a channel for the penstock pipe. This pipe will deliver water from the intake all the way down to the powerhouse some 1.1km distance and 139 m vertical height loss below. Due to the nature of the landscape we need to dig more than 3m of rock out, although for the majority of the route the pipe will be laid just 1m below the surface.
Greenburn Hydro Project
From Stone Age axe factory to Victorian gunpowder works, the Langdale valleys have a rich industrial heritage, energised by water power as far back as the 15th century. The Greenburn valley is no exception. As a former copper mine, many features associated with its legacy are still in evidence and of much interest today. The remains of water sluices, leat systems and a waterwheel pit remain visible and the site is now a designated Scheduled Ancient Monument (SAM).
This summer we are starting work on a significant hydropower project nestled in the heart of this valley. When complete it will provide a robust renewable energy solution in a landscape where few other opportunities exist to bring in a guaranteed income 'stream' to support our future conservation work in Little Langdale.
Watch this space
Keep checking back below for regular updates from the project team on how the work is progressing and more about the unique history of this valley. We're looking forward to sharing this exciting project with you as each stage unfolds.
04 Apr 18
02 Apr 18
Work whatever the weather
Despite the best efforts of the weather to disrupt our plans, in recent weeks we’ve been working hard with our fencing contractor around Little Langdale tarn to deliver more of the project’s conservation work. These new boundaries will protect the watercourses from bank erosion and create areas of new riparian (river bank) habitat for tree planting. These new habitats will then link up with the surrounding copses and woodlands.
21 Mar 18
Progress on the powerhouse
We’re happy to report good progress on the powerhouse. Once the ductile iron (blue pipework pictured) is in exact position and the reinforcement is completed then we will shutter (box in) the foundations and pour the concrete.