Daily Archives: 1st October 2014


Saving energy at The Wharf House

Saving energy at The Wharf House The Wharf House is a good example of where our sustainability applies. During the fit-out vast amounts of insulation was used to fill every possible cavity, eliminating heat loss during winter months and low energy under-floor heating was fitted throughout the building. All the tungsten filament light bulbs were all replaced by lower energy ones making a considerable saving to the electricity requirements. There […]


The Green Environment – Conservation

A Canal is a green corridor, rich in wildlife, a natural magnet for a very wide range of flora and fauna. The Herefordshire & Gloucestershire Canal Trust ensures that in each restoration project, sustainability plays a key role in its planning and development. Examples of this can be seen on each of our sites. Our motto – Working together in the present to revive the past and secure a better future shows the very […]


Wind Power at Alney Island

Wind Power at Alney Island Gloucester City Council has erected a new wind turbine just behind our two cottages by the lock at Llanthony. We have been able to support this sustainable resource by agreeing that they could connect their turbine to the National Grid by means of the supply at our cottages. This saved half the cost of installation and, in return, we receive the spare electricity whilst the […]


The Green Environment – Recycling

Reclaimed materials at Over The reconstruction of the Basin at Over coincided with the demolition of the Over hospital that had stood nearby in readiness for a new housing development. Materials from the demolition were recycled by the Trust. This included thousands of heavy Victorian bricks that went into the building of the wharf walls.  The brick had to be picked from piles of rubble, sorted and the black mortar […]


The Wharf House Development

The Wharf House at Over Basin was built on the site of the old lock cottage that once stood overlooking the banks of the River Severn. The shell of the building was constructed for the Trust by Swan Hill Homes. Inside, Trust volunteers have completed the entire fit-out, much of it using material recycled from the Hospital buildings that once stood near by. The Wharf House fit-out created a restaurant, tea […]