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Creating the waterpond at « Les Jardins de l’Espérance »

La Ciotat, France


FIRST DIGGING: TO SEE IF THE ROCK BASEMENT IS NOT TOO CLOSE AND CHOOSE THE LOCATION


DRAWING THE FUTURE POND ON THE SITE


WE CAN START DIGGING, HERE WITH THE HELP OF A MECHANICAL EXCAVATOR


CHECKING THE LEVEL OF THE BANKS AND THE DEPTH OF THE POND


ONGOING DIGGING


ONCE THE MOST OF THE DIGGING OVER ONE SHOUD START PRECISING THE SHAPE


SHAPING THE « STEPS » AND SLOPES (ON WHICH WILL BE THE PLANTS)


TAKING OF THE STONES TO PREVENT DAMAGING THE TARPAULIN


A LAYER OF SAND TO PROTECT THE TARPAULIN


DRAWING THE BANK AGAIN


CHECKING LEVEL


CHECKING LEVEL AND STABILISING BANKS


STABILISING BANKS


THEN A FELT GEOTEXTILE TO FURTHER PROTECT THE TARPAULIN


THE TARP WAS DELIVERED TO US ON A ROLL, WE USED THE MINI EXCAVATOR FOR UNWINDING


CAREFULLY SPREADING THE TARP ON THE FELT


UNFOLDING THE TARP ONCE POSITIONED AT THE CENTER OF THE POND

IT SHOULD OVERLAP QUITE EXTENSIVELY THE BANKS TO PREVENT FUTURE LEAKS


ONCE THE TARP IS CORRECTLY POSITIONNED WE START THE FILLING IN


THE POND FILLED WITH TEMPORARY FENCE


AN ESSENTIAL ELEMENT FOR SECURITY OF THE GARDEN: THE FENCE

ESPECIALLY IN OUR EDUCATIONAL GARDEN WITH A LOT OF CHILDREN COMING


SETTING UP THE FIRST PLANTS

POTTED PLANTS PLACED ON THE SPEPS PROVIDED

SUBMERGED PLANTS WEIGHTED WITH CLAY AND STONE TO STOP THEM FLOATING


THE POND AFTER ONE YEAR


AND WE MADE IMPROVEMENTS:


SEALED STONE SURROUDING: FOR SECURITY AND TO REDUCE WATERD DIFFUSION TO THE BANKS


A ANTI DROWNING NET , FOR THE THIRSTY WANDERING HEDGEHOGS

A HEDGEHOG IS A GOOD SWIMER BUT CAN DIE OF EXHAUSTION TRY TO CLIMB OUT THE PLASTIC


AFTER A FEW YEARS THE SOIL NATURALLY FORMED BETWEEN THE ROOTS OF PLANTS

PROVIDED A NATURAL BEACH TO CLIMB OUT


A HEAP OF STONES WAS PLACED AT THE BOTTOM TO SERVE AS LODGING FOR ANIMALS


ONCE THE POND IS READY AND SOME PLANTS INSTALLED THE ANIMALS ARRIVE QUICKLY ON THEIR OWN. THE PLANTS GROW AND PROVIDE NEW HABITATS. THE POND MUST BE EMPTIED FROM TIME TO TIME TO REMOVE SOME OF THE SEDIMENTS, OR IT WILL EVENTUALLY NATURALLY FILL UP AND DISAPPEAR


AND YOU'RE IN FOR HOURS OF CONTEMPLATION AND DISCOVERY


Story of digging the pond at “Les Jardins de l’Espérance”, a garden member of the Network RJSM and participating the EUGO project


Tutoriel step by step waterpond