Little Theatre Waterfall
The next phase of this garden will
be to introduce a water feature to show off the natural beauty of water
whilst also being an example of alternative or appropriate technology. A
water-purifying waterfall will cascade down the steep bank to the canal.
It will be visible from the bridge looking down towards the lower
section of the canal and also from the theatre terrace.
Water will be pumped to the top of
the garden using a solar powered pump, and then fall down through a
system of cascades. This will aerate the water, which will finally pass
through a reed bed system to keep the reused water purified before it is
fed back to the top.
Inspiration for the waterfall came
from: the Rochdale Canal overflow systems that bypass lock systems and; a
type of water purifying system called a ‘flow form’ which encourages maximum
aeration and energizing of the water flowing througs will be achieved by
building a series of clear troughs that step down the bank.
The water will zigzag through these
troughs, over crushed glass creating ripples and rapids before falling
into the next trough (all of which mimics how water is aerated in its
natural environment). The water will then pass over a mosaic, depicting
Hebden and its artistic community, created by local artist Jan from
Whitewood and Fleming Theatre & Music, before falling into a pond and
finally pass through a small reedbed that will finish of the cleansing
process (using bacteria that feed on the roots of the reeds).
journey the water will be pumped back up to the top by the means of a solar
pump. We are also hoping to install a simple, but ingenious, Archimedes
screw, an ancient method of raising water using very little energy, usually
hand power! This in turn
increases beneficial bacteria that cleanse the water.
A variety of useful plants will be
planted around the waterfall. These will benefit from the moist air, but
also will be useful to the ATC as dye and paper making plants.
The design is meant to show how a
simple water feature can also be a means of cleaning and refreshing dirty
water. We have tried to use recycled and reused materials throughout the
design. Local volunteers will be involved in the construction. The Little
Theatre has donated the money to by the solar panel for the pump. This also
powers the lights in the stepping stones along the paths.
Any questions or interest in helping
out please contact Susy Feltham at the Alternative Technology Centre or ring