Stihl Pond Project – Competition Winner Gets Garden Makeover
In 2013 The Garden Design Team were commissioned by the Stihl group, a worldwide supplier of all types of garden and landscaping machinery, to assist with a garden makeover in Market Raisen.
Countrywide Competition Win
Stihl had held a countrywide competition in which the winner, Mrs Stewart, claimed the prestigious prize of a complete garden makeover. Mrs Stewart had an existing pond, but it was in poor condition and she wanted to turn it into a natural wildlife pond. The team at The Garden Design Team were asked to redesign the pond, reducing the existing depth and to landscape a planted wildlife bank to the rear of the pond.
Our garden designer and horticulturist worked together to conduct a site survey and produce a design worthy of this vast project.
We worked closely with the National trust to create an undulating bank to the rear of the pond, which required importing more than 20 tonnes of a quality soil suitable for the planting. The aim was to attract an array of wildlife to live within the newly created environment.
The pond was also re-designed to include planting within the pond itself to create natural, all-round interest and included colours that would occur naturally within this type of wildlife environment.
Excavation works began and more than 40 tonnes of soil was moved to shape and construct the new pond. During the project our specialist pond team were involved at every step, from lining the pond through to the final filling of the pond.
The pond was also built with several varying depths, with the deepest being 1 metre, and the existing lawn level was reduced to allow the perfect access for wildlife.
What the Future Holds for the Pond
The project has now been left to nature, being allowed to mature and develop over time. An additional wildlife area has been added and the plan, as the pond and surrounding area develops, is to use this area as an educational experience.
Children will be invited to the area to learn about the wildlife and the importance of natural planting. There will also be a bespoke log cabin with an ‘old world’ appearance built into the landscape and bank.
We will be continually updating this project with pictures as the pond develops throughout the seasons, so keep checking back to see how it grows.
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