The last remaining bits of open water have now been filled in. Manor lake is now not much more than a village pond. Yet more stuff was trucked into Manor lake over the past week, and some is piled up ready for infill. I can't really see where this stuff could go, as there is very little open water left, and what is left is extremely shallow.
Manor lake used to be an established eco-system which hosted a large population of fish, along with amphibians and invertebrates, which in turn supported a large population of wild fowl (particularly Little and Great Crested Grebes) and mammals. Well, these have all disappeared.
What is left is a marshy area of tussocky grassland. Those who redesigned this lake seem unaware that the whole area suffers from this type of land - one reason for all the drainage ditches. What Manor lake was designed for was to act as a soak area for excess rainwater to collect in. Not any more it wont. We'll get runoff immediately into Blackwater river, causing flooding down stream.
The only positive thought is that there isn't much landscaping left to do, thus the end is in sight - possibly another month. Inert and/or other Cemex appointed contractors then have all the frilly bits to complete e.g. path laying, fence building, yet more reed planting in shallow water that already has established reed.
Oh, the sluice gate or gates need to be fitted (one the Little Ringed Plovers have finished breeding) and the Colebrook cut can be reestablished.
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