As the Ponds Project reaches it’s 13 month milestone, there is activity across all of the work sites.
Fencing has now gone up at Highgate No. 1. This is the last pond in the programme and work is due to start soon. More will follow on this blog.
At Men’s Pond, the sheet-piling is progressing well.Nearly one half of the piles are in position.
At Model Boating Pond the new dam is still being shaped and contoured
Silt is now being moved to the base of the borrow pits in the hillside west of the pond.
The new spillway at Ladies Pond is now waiting on its turf. Some aquatic planting also needs to take place here and then the pond is finished.
At Stock Pond, the Heath’s conservation team have added some check dams on the outflow stream of the Stock Pond. This slows the path of water and provides good feeding and habitat for various birds and amphibians.
The work is now almost complete at Hampstead No. 1, with the labyrinth weir now finished. Aquatic planting still needs to take place around the weir to help it bled into its surroundings.
The concrete inlet structure is also complete at Hampstead No. 2. Wooden decking will be placed on top of this structure to allow access as a pond viewing platform.
At Mixed Pond, the downstream side of the causeway in under construction with a water-side fence due to be added next week.
At Catchpit, the new dam continues to grow in height. It’s final height will be 5.6 m high from the lowest point in the valley.