Gateway to the Forest of Dean

Admission & Opening Times
Sign up for our Newsletter
Waterwheel top page banner

The DHC would like to thank the following contributors for sponsoring the Water Wheel Projectbiff

RFD Rotary logo
The Royal Forest of Dean Rotary Club

JD Norman logo

Bega logo


FODDC logo


Wheel starts turning on Hydroelectricity Project!

The Centre has brought its onsite water course into the 21st century by replacing the existing waterwheel and installing an hydro power generator..origwaterwheel

This has allowed the Centre to connect the waterwheel to the national grid and
offset the Centre's increasing annual energy costs.

Any excess power generated will be sold back to the grid hopefully allowing the
Centre to achieve self-sustainability and improve its green credentials.
It is calculated that the waterwheel will produce 46,000 kwh per year.

The waterwheel project will also reduce the Centre's carbon emissions by
approximately 22 tons.

The new waterwheel is now in situ and generating power. Following the successful procurement of funding, the second phase of the project has begun: to create a brand new exhibition space alongside the wheel to demonstrate green sustainable energy and include new interpretation about the history of the water wheel and its impact on the camp mill site throughout the decades.

The DHC is committed to involving and supporting the local community and working with volunteers to develop a programme of activities to educate people on sustainable energy using green technologies.
The project will also include a new schools programme of dedicated tours and brand new workshops exploring ‘sustainable’ energy generation technologies, such as the onsite water wheel.


The project has been awarded funding from the following bodies:

Biffa: £50,000 from Biffa Award for the second phase of its hydroelectricity project.

Read More on this story


‘Big Lottery Fund’: £10,000 towards the secondary phase of the project to develop a key education resource.

The Big Lottery Fund is responsible for distributing 40% of all funds raised for good causes by the National Lottery. It funds projects which address the issues, needs and aspirations of local communities and people. It funds a wide range of community projects aimed at developing skills, improving health, revitalising the local environment and enabling people to become more active citizens.

The Royal Forest of Dean Rotary Club: £5,000. President John Freeman presented Centre Manager with the cheque on Tuesday 20th August. The Rotary have been involved with the centre from its establishment and continue to support projects onsite.

Read More on this story


Special Thanks

The DHC would like to thank the following contributers for their generous support:wheelgraphic

Big Lottery Fund
The Royal Forest of Dean Rotary Club
JD Norman Industries
Future Advanced Manufacture
Apex Architecture
The Forest of Dean District Council