The Flow Form
A Flowform as part of our Outdoor Environmental Laboratory and runs with our Being the Change We Wish To See Scheme.
Built by pupils and teachers at the school this outdoor laboratory catches rain water falling on the school building and saves it from going down the drain. Instead it is led to the pond and through the “flowform”, and then the overflow is led via irrigation channels to willow beds. This willow will then be used for basket weaving by pupils, and support the craft curriculum taught in the school. In addition many classes throughout the school benefit from the opportunity to study in the outdoor environmental laboratory.
Award Winning Project:
The School is very appreciative of the award which it received from Volvo and the additional funding made possible by a generous donation from Edinburgh Volvo dealers, Murray Volvo.
What is it for?
Increasingly we are becoming aware that water is one of the world’s most precious resources, and that by wasting and polluting it we are threatening the well-being of all forms of life, not least ourselves. It is easy for us to get bewildered by the scale of the problems and to believe that only through the development of sophisticated treatment technology can we hope to address them.
How does it help?
Ponds were once a common feature in the landscape and always had an important value to the surrounding environment. This century, thousands of ponds have been lost in Britain, but it is now becoming very popular to create ponds again as wildlife habitats. This is to help reverse the damage caused by pollution. We also do lost of work to reduce our Carbon Footprint. For more information on this, please see General Information. Most ponds, despite being still bodies of water, are able to sustain a vast range of life-forms and eco-cylces. It has been observed that when pollution of such a pond occurs many of the more fragile eco-cycles are broken, yet others are more resistant and will proliferate in an attempt to restore the lost balance.
What does a Flowform do?
It is known that water flowing down a mountain stream becomes highly aerated. The “Flowform” cascades are designed to reproduce this process in a concentrated and controlled way, but they are however, intended to do more than just aerate the water.
Where did this work begin?
It has been argued that water quality can not just be considered in terms of its chemical constituents, but more broadly on this ability to support healthy life. This proposition suggests that there are inherent properties of water which are not readily perceived using conventional means but which are still significant and are also needing ‘treatment” if the water is to be returned to its natural state. It was with this aim in mind that John Wilkes of the “Flow Research Institute“, following on from Theodor Schwenck and Viktor Schauberger, undertook intensive studies of archetypal flow patterns in living organisms.
Where can Flowforms be found?
The culmination of this work has been the development of the “Flowform” principle of water movement, in which the water flowing through the specially shaped vessel is encouraged to take up a figure of eight pattern and at the same time a rhythmic pulse. As all forms of life show waterborne rhythmic patterns, and tests carried out in Holland have shown that rhythmically treated water has an enhanced ability to support the organisms necessary for biological water cleaning. Increasingly, the potential of “Flowforms” is in being recognised and they are now being incorporated in a variety of different treatment projects all over the world.
Interested to find out more?
Links to other sites with information on Flowforms:
- Living water flowforms
- Flowforms and Sculptures