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Pond algae

Pond Tip – Algae Problems

This is a very interesting "algae" that started cropping up in ponds in Scotland about ten years ago. It's Latin name is 'nostoc commune', but it has some wonderful old common names - star jelly, rot of the stars, star slime and witches butter for...

Garden Stream East Lothian

Stream Construction Project

We were asked to build this stream for a client in East Lothian. It was a very challenging project as about 200T of stone was needed, so big machinery and strong guys the order of the day! As well as that, though, it needs a good...

Oxgangs SUDS pool wetland

Oxgangs SUDS Pool Wetland

This is the Oxgangs SUDS (Sustainable Urban Drainage System) pool that we look after, which takes the water from the roofs and roads around it. Now, a few years on from when we planted it, it has turned into a proper wetland area. We look after...

RHS Chelsea Notes

Chelsea Show Gardens

Some photos from last week's RHS Chelsea show gardens: the Zoe Ball Listening Garden featured water patterns produced by feeding music into underwater speakers; the Welcome to Yorkshire Garden had waves in the pool created by a bobbing buoy and the Morgan Stanley Garden had...

Lido Swan, Stenhousemuir

Nesting Swan at The Lido

The female swan at the Lido pool in Stenhousemuir has decided to nest on the bank this year. This means she has no protection at all from passing dogs or people. While I was there today I noticed passers by putting their dogs on the...

Inverleith, Edinburgh

UK & Ireland Lakes Network Annual Conference

Nick is presenting a talk on the The Practical Aspects of Urban Waterbody Regeneration next week, at the UK & Ireland Lakes Network Annual Conference. He will talk about a practical approach to the problems, and focus on techniques we use and results we have achieved....

Building a raft

Heritage Loch in East Kilbride

Nick Easterbrook, Rosie, Ronnie and Bruce started this week building a raft to apply Phoslock to the Heritage Loch in East Kilbride. Phoslock is a bentonite based material that absorbs phosphorous thereby preventing it from being available to algae for growth. The work is for...