The Redeemer School, Darwen
Newground carried out the both the design and build of this project. The school contacted us looking for design ideas for the development of a wildlife wetland area, set within an enclosed boggy section of field situated above the school playground.
Water run-off was directed from the field into a formed pond using stone rills and ditches. The pond is lined with a waterproof factory pre-hydrated sodium bentonite material and then covered with 300mm of topsoil, giving a natural looking appearance from the start. A stone path leads from a secure gate to a recycled plastic boardwalk suitable for dipping when the pond contains water. There are two informal timber benches, an outfall rill and soak-away, with new wetland and native wildlife planting and wildflower seeding.