Our big project in the Wynell Road garden this year has been renovating the pond and its surrounding area.
We spent the winter months planning how we would like the new pond to look and the work began in earnest during the cold month of February. After pumping out the existing water we enjoyed several mucky sessions, removing weeds and plant debris from the base of the pond. A new underlay and rubber liner installed, the new pond was then filled with a mix of rain and tap water. We saw an explosion of green algae to begin with, but a combination of oxygenating plants and barley straw bundles appear to have this under control.
As the water refilled so the frogs and newts returned in droves. Sadly, without plant cover, they were vulnerable to predators – birds and cats – and our frog numbers were particularly badly hit. However, the newts fared better and the sight of them darting through the water has been a welcome distraction from daily gardening chores. We have been delighted to see dragonflies and damselflies flitting above the pond surface, and lucky enough to observe them laying their eggs. We are looking forward to their numbers increasing as they adjust to their new habitat.
We have designed and installed a water feature which runs off solar energy, circulating the pond water adding oxygen, creating a healthier habitat for plants and wildlife to enjoy and thrive. The flowerbeds around the pond have been planted with a mix of grasses, ferns and flowering perennials which are already looking quite lovely. Although there is more work to do, the area is back in use and has quickly become somewhere to dawdle away a couple of minutes, enjoying the peace and tranquillity of the water.