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Sustainable Landscape Architect
High renewable energy garden
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
They have 1400 students on role with around 300 in their
|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
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
Solar thermal collectors
A solar PV array
A wind generator
Demonstrations of water turbines, tidal power and
Passive solar heating