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Here’s a new post from Mr. Peter Marshall (see introduction and background here) about continuing wetland restoration work at his family’s farm, ‘Sunningdale’, over the holiday period.
What We Did In The Holidays
Santa really hit the spot. He gave me a beautiful Empress Lotus in a tub.
Maybe he thought the tub wasn’t big enough. Because next day he sent one of his best elves at the controls of a 22 ton excavator.
6 hours later we had a much bigger planting place.
First we added another settling pond to the chain running down the big erosion gully.
Then pulled up some Poplars to harvest the roots for carving Katsinas.
We put the poles into cold storage for planting in June.
Next the elf carved a new billabong on Vista Flat, complete with fox proof island and sloping approaches. The Snipe will love it.
He set his levels from the water in the old drainage ditch (blocked by fascines to lift the water) and his lines from the traces of the silted up pre-gold mining wetlands.
We found an old river strand some 12 feet down. Must have been quite the Alaskan braided stream once upon a time.
Water bubbled up, the pond was full before sun down.
Happy New Year.
No Landcare Support Officers were intellectually challenged during the making of this wetland .