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Calder High renewable energy garden

Calder High is a Leading Edge Secondary School and Technology College, a Community Comprehensive working in Mytholmroyd  and the Calder Valley in West Yorkshire and  a partner in the Halifax Excellence Cluster.


They have 1400 students on role with around 300 in their sixth form.

As part of their commitment to raising achievement in Science, Calder High asked the ATC to work with them on developing an exciting project to turn one of the quadrangle areas into an ‘Alternative Energy Garden’.   The concept is to provide an interesting environment in which pupils at the school can enjoy a social space for recreation whilst at the same time providing a large scale teaching aid for the ideas of how we might generate energy from renewable sources in the future.
All aspects of sustainability have been incorporated into the design and development of the garden throughout. It incorporates a number of innovative ways of developing renewable power in an educational and useful model form, e.g. hydroelectric, solar, wind, tidal, biomass, etc.
An amphitheatre has already been completed using local reclaimed stone and recycled plastic planking.
Rainwater will be harvested to use as part of the water power demonstrations and to water the energy crops in the garden.
This area will be accessible at break and lunch times, incorporating seating/covered/outdoor stage/social areas incorporated alongside the renewable energy elements.


Another exciting feature is the inclusion of a performance space in the design – with the potential for the garden being used for summer theatre or musical productions.

This design concept was produced by the Hebden Bridge Alternative Technology Centre after we had visited the school to talk to pupils about their ideas.  

Working in collaboration the project has developed to the stage where we have been able to develop the infrastructure through the construction of an amphitheatre which will be the focus of the area.  Now the infrastructure is in place we are able to develop the interactive demonstrations that turn the garden into an energy garden.   The plans include; 


       Solar thermal collectors

       A solar PV array

       A wind generator

       Demonstrations of water turbines, tidal power and wave power

       Passive solar heating

      Energy Crops


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