Rill / wildlife ponds – Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire
When we embarked on this project, in 2017, it was the largest the company had ever taken on. It consisted of a large rill and two field ponds. We experienced many challenges; however, the team worked very hard to produce an excellent example of what the client was looking for. The build for the house was in the millions of pounds and had different types of tradesman working on site.
Our part in the project consisted of a large rill which ran down the driveway to the house. Originally, the client wanted us to seal the liner which they had installed behind the wall. Unfortunately, on further investigation we discovered the liner they used hadn't been joined properly by the builders. This meant the rill would have constantly leaked. We came up with a cost-effective solution which in reality saved tens of thousands of pounds. Once the liner was installed we then covered the exposed side with stone and planted the rill. The plants we used were chosen to give the rill an 80% coverage within two years and help keep the water clear. The rill finished near the house, where it then merged into a seamless swimming pool next to the house.
We also had two field ponds to line and plant. We straightened out the site and then installed the underlay and liner to the ponds. We gave the ponds a natural stone edge and planted them up. This allowed for the ponds to have the right pH balance, as getting pumps and filters would have been too costly on this project.
It was an excellent project which was very technical, the team enjoyed the challenges and, most importantly, the end result!