In December 2012 SWLEN helped local not-for-profit organisation Ham Hydro Community Interest Company to organise The Tidal Stretch a sponsored walk from the Thames Barrier to Teddington Lock.  Ham Hydro team members and friends walked the 31 miles from the Thames Barrier to Teddington Lock on Saturday 1stDecember. SWLEN staff and volunteers acted as stewards.

SWLEN set up a fundraising page on BTMydonate to enable online donations to be made.  The full amount donated went to Ham Hydro and SWLEN was able to collect the gift aid on the donations as a contribution to its work.  The total raised was nearly £2500.

Photos of the epic walk and can be seen on the SWLEN Facebook page (they are viewable even if you don’t have/use Facebook) here.

Notes on Ham Hydro 

Ham Hydro Community Interest Company (C.I.C.) was formed and incorporated in April 2010 primarily to deliver a project involving the installation of 3 reverse engineered Archimedes screws on the River Thames at Teddington Weir. See the Ham Hydro website for more information. The project aims to:

  • generate 1,964,557 killowatt hours (kWhs) of electricity per annum; ,
  • help to mitigate climate change and poor air quality by avoiding the generation of 1,062 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2); 2,224 kilogrammes (kgs) of nitrogen oxide (NOx), and 64 kgs of particulates (PM10) per annum.
  • Once it has covered its overheads, use the projected income from electricity sales of £1,000,000 over 20 years for other local low carbon community projects.

Ham Hydro’s planning application is currently with the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames. Although a huge amount of work has been carried out by volunteers, in order to get to this stage and beyond it has had to raise the funds to commission significant amounts of work from technical specialists, including flood risk, environmental impact, and noise assessments; an environmental site audit; ecology (bat, fish, eel, macrophyte, and macroinvertebrate), hydrology and geomorphology studies; architectural drawings; and fish pass design work.