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Swan at the Lido

Spring at The Stenhouse Lido

The Stenhouse Lido pool is bursting into life now that spring has finally come, the swans are nesting again too. There are lots of things that you would expect : some bright yellow marsh marigold, the frog spawn amongst the flag iris, and willow catkins. The swans...

Kay Park panoramic

Kay Park

The boardwalk, wetland and marginal beds are 99% finished over at Kay Park in Kilmarnock. It has been a long slog for all the guys, in pretty difficult conditions, so thanks to all of them for sticking it out! Working on this was completely different from...


From Mudbath to Curving Boardwalk

From mudbath to curving boardwalk and wetland – the Bearsden project is just about finished. These were pretty rough conditions for the guys building the boardwalk and wetland system for Balfour Beattie over in Bearsden. We needed our big wellies to work on this one! The biggest...

Hailes Quarry Park

Hailes Quarry Park

We've really enjoyed working on this project at Hailes Quarry Park in Edinburgh. Here's Nick Easterbrook, Hubert and Stephen putting the finishing touches to the boardwalk and wetland. It looks a bit of a mud bath just now but once all the big wetland plants go...

Botanic Gardens refurbishment

Botanic Garden Ornamental Pool Refurbishment

Great article written by John McMullan, Commercial Manager at EPDM roofing and lining specialist FirestonebpUK, about the refurbishment project completed by Water Gems in conjunction with Firestone. The Botanic Gardens commissioned us to carry out a refurbishment project of the trio of terraced ornamental pools which...

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...