Before and after shots of a lake we just completed in West Sussex.
This involved compacting the existing clay, installing a local stone revetment wall, stone waterfall inlet with pump and stone outlet.
We also installed an oak jetty with local stone steps either side to be used after swimming to get out plus a beach area.
We are now waiting for rain and borehole to fill it up!
Although it may feel a long way off Spring is just around the corner. In our nursery in Surrey we can see new growth emerging on a range of marginal species and even on submerged water lilies.
If you have a pond yourself, now is a great time to carry out a little cosmetic cleaning up by removing dead leaves and seed heads. This will allow light into the canopy and encourage new growth.
It’s a good time to think about adding new plantings and possibly some oxygenating plants.
Plants that colonise the water edges such as Mentha aquatica or Myosotis scorpoides can be planted shortly and aid the formation of habitats for fish and invertebrates.
This was an old cart wheel cleaning pond in Hampshire we restored. It involved dredging the pond and making it deeper and then using the material to landscape around the pond. Land drains were then installed and piped to a new well to pump the underground water back into the pond. A protective underlay geotextile was laid before placing the liner, overlay and top soil back over.