We have been extremely luck to have a Severn Trent Water Excavation team come to begin the pond dig and to excavate the paths. The paths need to be dug out and edged, so they can be filled with recycled tyre chippings, that will provide and all-weather surface for us to walk on.

Simon and I arrived at the site as the team arrived. We showed them the pond area and explained what we wanted. The original pond that was dug is quite deep, with pretty steep sides. I wanted this pond to be a contrasting habitat, with softly sloped sides to encourage wildlife to drink and bathe at its edges and with a range of shelved areas at different depths. This will allow us to plant all sorts of plants to naturalise the area. We also want a boggy area. This area will have the liner punctured. It will be filled with soil, but the liner will keep it boggy. This upper pond will overflow into this lower pond area via a small channel.

We move to the marked area and explained my ideas…

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I have never watched a skilled digger operator at work and I was amazed at the skill at which the arm and scoop were just like an extension of the operator’s arm… he could create slopes and gradients with ease and the pond was soon taking shape…. imagine how long it would have taken us if we had had to dig this by hand!

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We were soon joined by some budding Year 6 film makers armed with ipads to film some of the digging and to record this wonderful new pond being created….

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… and an audience….

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As the day progressed, so our pond started to take shape….

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… and they even worked into darkness!…

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A massive thank you to the team today…. a fantastic job done!

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