Ta da! Looks great, eh? ;)
This next photo should help explain things a little better:
We've filled in each corner of the original rectangular pit as well as thrown some soil over two of the major bedrock ridges to help create a figure-of-eight shape to the pit. This will help make the resulting wetland look a lot more 'natural' as well as provide deeper soil into which cattails can be transplanted.
The masses of soil lying within the yellow line will be raked out over the coming days to provide a soil depth at the bottom of the wetland of about 20–30cm.
The next photo provides a rough idea of what the pit will look like when filled with water:
Quite the little lake! :)
That's it for this week; next week — with help from students at the school — we'll rake out the soil on the bottom, tidy up and compress the berms a little more, and maybe even fill the pit with water if the rains don't beat us to it!
Many thanks to all of you who have contacted me so far about this project — I'm humbled that you're following along with developments and thrilled that a number of you are being inspired to try this for yourselves. It's hard work, but very rewarding, and not only personally, of course — this wetland will: help filter run-off from the adjacent road and help control flooding of the playground during heavy rains; provide important habitat for bugs, amphibians, and maybe even a bird or two; act as a rich teaching and learning resource, not only for the science disciplines, but also for language and creative arts; and provide a unique focal and meeting point for the local community, for students and their parents.
More next week!