We thought it would be a good idea to tackle this muddy task before the pond refilled with autumn rain.
So, yes it was easier to work in the deeper areas, but it was still muddy! And hard work digging, wheelbarrowing and carrying the buckets away from the pond. The aim is to create a channel through the pond and an area where deep water can form and stand when the summer rainfall is sufficient (i.e. not this year).
The silt traps were emptied first, and whilst we didn’t manage to finish the trench, an excellent start was made, and we hope to arrange for more volunteers to complete this. The day was punctuated with heavy showers, but despite rain at the end of the day the gloves and waterproofs will need a good clean!