The Makeover – from ornamental garden pond to clean-water wildlife pond

Andy and Chris removing the accumulated sediment

Andy and Chris removing the accumulated sediment

To get the pond off to a good start we removed all the sediment and existing plants – most of which were non-natives.

It all went to the compost heap – there’s nothing wrong with having this stuff on the garden.

RemovingUnwantedPlants

I wanted to get all the existing nutrient supply out of the pond in preparation for adding the rain water, including the sediment under the clumps of plants.

And then we really did scrub this pond out like a bath – it even has a plughole!

ScrubbedClean

What we’ve actually got is a 1.5 by 2.5 m pond, just 30 cm deep, an excellent depth for a wildlife pond.

It’s a good start.

Next: on to the water and the plants.

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