Greenburn Hydro Project

A view down the Greenburn valley looking south east

Industrial heritage

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). 

Green future

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.

Latest posts

19 Feb 18

A 30-second summary

As work on the hydro scheme recommences after the winter break, this short video looks back on all that's been achieved to date.

15 Feb 18

Tree planting in Little Langdale

As part of the National Trust’s ‘One Lakes’ tree planting day we were out last Friday in Little Langdale with volunteers from Fix the Fells. A sterling effort all round saw us plant 14 trees in protective cages in the fields below Lingmoor as part of the programme of conservation work we are delivering alongside the hydro project. Our aim isn’t to create a new woodland but to improve the connectivity of habitats within the landscape by planting a few scattered trees between the woodland next door and the Juniper and scrub cover on the flanks of Lingmoor above. We've agreed this carefully with our farm tenant Andrew, focusing our planting in the deep bracken beds found on the steepest slopes of the hill, where we hope, in time, as the trees grow they will add cover and begin to shade out the bracken around them.

Fix the Fells volunteers take a break from tree planting in Little Langdale

23 Jan 18

Breaking ground

This week the project team met Electricity North West (ENW) on site to determine where the electricity connection will be at Fell Foot Farm. This will be the point where the electricity generated from the hydro enters the National Grid. Two electricity cabinets will be required; one will be the transformer and the other the meter cabinet where the National Trust will be able to monitor what it’s exporting to the National Grid. The ENW team also tested the resistivity of the surrounding land to determine the extent of earthing required for the grid connection. It was a tough job breaking the ground on a frozen Lakeland day!

Electricity North West testing the ground for resistivity