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Kentmere Hydro Trust

Kentmere Hydro Trust has been formed for the purpose of establishing a hydro electricity generating scheme on the upper reaches of the River Kent in the valley of Kentmere, situated in the south-east of the Lake District National Park.

Kentmere Hydro CIC

Kentmere Hydro CIC, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Trust will own and manage the scheme. Income from the scheme will be used to service the construction funding required for the hydro facility. Surplus funds will be donated to the Trust for use in fulfilling its charitable aims and objectives.

Our vision

It is said there used to be sixty mills utilising the power of the river Kent over its twenty mile course, and that there were many hundreds in Cumbria. Our project aims to inspire communities to re-kindle such productivity for the benefit to increase the supply of renewable energy, whilst providing the opportunity to support a variety of charitable objectives:

Community self-reliance

Community cohesion and social responsibility

Long term renewable, sustainable, non-carbon-based energy generation

Preservation of the environment around such schemes


Aerial photograph of upper Kentmere by Jim Stilling


Contact details

Registered Office: Kentmere Hydro Trust, Stye Howe, Kentmere,
Kendal, Cumbria, LA8 9JW, U.K.

Chairman, Kentmere Hydro Trust, Pumple Syke, Kentmere,
Cumbria, LA8 9JL, U.K.

Company Secretary, Kentmere Hydro Trust, Stye Howe, Kentmere, Kendal, Cumbria, LA8 9JW, U.K.

telephone: (+44/0) 1539 822 977

web address:
Web pages maintained by Jackie and Pete Bettess,
Brow Head, Kentmere, Cumbria, LA8 9JL


Corporate Structure


Kentmere Hydro Trust, is a Charitable Company
Limited by guarantee, (Registered in England.
Company No. 06984886
Registered Charity No. 1136766)


Kentmere Hydro CIC, is a Community Interest Company limited by Guarantee, (Registered in England No. 07259448) and is a
wholly owned subsidiary of the Kentmere Hydro Trust.





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