With only 3 months of construction on the project left to go, it’s all hands on deck finishing off the construction element at the various ponds.
On Highgate No. 1, a timber capping is being added to the the sheet-pile wall.
At Men’s Pond, the construction of the sheet-pile wall has been completed, with only fencing and turfing of the spillway left.
The aquatic planting which was put in a month or so ago, is esablishing well. Not only does this planting look nice and help soften the pond edge, it also has a beneficial impact on water quality and provides good habitat for wildlife to feed and nest. It must first become established, and it is fenced off to protect it from wildfowl while it is immature.
As Model Boating Pond the island is nearly fully excavated.
The borrow pit is also now full up.
Turfing is now beeing finished at Stock Pond
An operation to desilt Viaduct Pond is still underway. This is taking longer than planned due to the amount of debris in the pond. The pictures below show how the operation takes place.
An excavator removes silt and larger debris and places it in a skip which is being floated on pontoons
These are then separated and the silt is being left to dry in the work compounds, before it will be placed in the borrow pit at Pryor’s Field.
At Catchpit, a channel south of the dam is currently being exacavated. This is another environmental enhancement to the Heath and will provide good habitat for amphibians and birds to feed from.
Turfing is now nearly complete at Mixed Pond.
The decking is now being added to the top of the Hampstead 2 outlet, with a little help from the swans!