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    Wocore news:Five years on…

    What a difference five years makes!  On the 8th November 2016 a team of local volunteers made short work of planting hedging plants along the front boundary of the site. The plants were donated by the Woodland Trust as part of The First World War Centenary Woods project to plant millions of native trees to commemorate the First…
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    General News:Rain clouds have a silver lining

    One upside of the recent heavy rains is that we’ve been generating over recent days – a far earlier start to the autumn generation season than usual.  We’ll see in the next few days if the rain has filled the aquifers and rivers or if this is just a temporary bonus.
  • Osney Lock Hydro news

    Osney Lock Hydro news:Welcoming the curious-minded to Open Doors

    It was so wonderful to welcome so many people through the gates at Oxford Open Doors this afternoon.  Once again we were blown away by the curiosity and interest show by visitors of all ages. In total we welcomed 158 visitors of all ages onto the site. A huge thank you to Neville, Ag and…
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    General News:All ready for Sunday’s Open Doors

    We’re all set up for this year’s Oxford Open Doors this Sunday between 2pm and 5pm. We still have availability for some time-slots tomorrow afternoon.  A huge thank you to everyone who has worked so hard get the site in tip-top condition. Details of how to book your free tickets below. How do I book?…
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    General News:Book your free ticket for Oxford Open Doors

    Osney Lock Hydro is taking part in this year’s Oxford Open Doors on the afternoon of Sunday 12th September. FAQs How do I book? Tickets are free, but limited and booking is essential.  Please arrive within in 10 minutes of the start of your booked slot to help us manage numbers on site. Click here to book…
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    General News:Hydro generation season ends

    The hydro finally stopped its Spring generation season today, just a few days short of our latest ever recorded generation date.  It’s been a great first quarter (April-July), with over 97,000 kWh generated. As usual, the hydro is anticipated to be off until mid-Autumn, although we are still generating clean, green electricity, thanks to the…
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    General News:Oxford Open Doors 2021

    Osney Lock Hydro is taking part in this year’s Oxford Open Doors on the afternoon of Sunday 12th September. Situated next to Osney Lock in the heart of Oxford, Osney Lock Hydro is the first community-owned hydro built on the Thames. The hydro uses a reverse Archimedean screw to turn the power of the river into electricity.…
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    General News:1 GWh generation hit!

    Earlier this morning our lifetime generation for the hydro reached the 1 GWh mark. The recent rains have given us a good start to the new financial year, with over 60,000 kWh generated since 1st April, and at time of writing the hydro is generating at a steady 46kWh, not far off its top generation…
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    General News:Bringing hydro power into the classroom

    We’re celebrating British Science Week (5th to 14th March) by launching a three educational packs for teachers who want to bring the topics of electricity, renewable energy and sustainability to life in their classrooms. Since its construction, Osney Lock Hydro has proved an inspiring educational and practical resource for understanding sustainability. Sadly covid restrictions mean we…
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    General News:Sundial spotlight: Kingfisher

    The fourth in a series of blogs celebrating the flora and fauna of our local river. By Catrin Rawstorne Kingfishers (Alcedo atthis) are small bright blue and orange birds which can be spotted near slow moving or still water. They fly rapidly and low over water, like darting jewels, occasionally hovering just above the surface, and hunt…
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    General News:Sundial spotlight: freshwater shrimp

    Freshwater shrimp The third in a series of blogs celebrating the flora and fauna of our local river.  By Jenny Figueiredo The Freshwater Shrimp, Gammarus pulex, is one of those fairly self-explanatory names for a creature – simply a shrimp that lives in fresh water.  The common freshwater shrimp has a robust appearance, and is typically greyish…
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    General News:Sundial spotlight: Weeping Willow

    Weeping Willow The second in a series of blogs celebrating the flora and fauna of our local river.  By Jenny Figueiredo These beautiful and fascinating trees with their dreamy, drooping branches and elongated leaves are instantly recognisable. Native to Northern China but found all round the world including along the River Thames, these trees have unique physical…
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