Water Restoration Project

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Water Restoration Project

The ancient pond restored with new Green Oak Deck

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Water Restoration Project

Before - all silted up and devoid of life

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Dredging starts

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The pond - partially dredged

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Spring arrives at the newly restored pond

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Spring arrives at the newly restored pond

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The Deck

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A swan checks out the restoration

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Rest and relax

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Spring arrives at the newly restored pond

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Marginal plantings after 6 months

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Marginal plantings after 6 months

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Stone weirs rebuilt and restored

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Stone weirs completed

Project Details

Situated one mile from the Thames in Oxfordshire, the gardens of this former Mill House are dominated by one acre of water, including a Roman Rill that feeds the water wheel. Fed by a series of natural Chalk Springs, these also supply a stream that passes through several neighbours gardens before exiting into The Thames. In addition a pond some 25m x 11m provides yet more watery interest.

Stunning as these were, the stream and pond were in need of some tender loving care. Railway sleepers had previously been used to create a series of weirs but they had long since collapsed. Read more…