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creeper



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Location: Vale of Belvoir - Leicestershire
PostPosted: Tue Feb 07, 06 8:27 am    Post subject:  Reply with quote    

simon wrote:
Hi creeper

Just saved your beautiful picture as the prefect "desktop wallpaper"

Hope you don't mind, S


It's a good job I didn't post the ones I took last week then - all I can see is mud, mud, mud and tree spirals as well as a dirty great big hole that is slowly filling to become my pond

tahir



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PostPosted: Tue Feb 07, 06 10:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Nice, did you dig it yourself? How long did it take?

Treacodactyl
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 07, 06 10:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I feel the word a-r-t-i-c-l-e forming in my mind for some reason.

creeper



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PostPosted: Tue Feb 07, 06 10:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

tahir wrote:
Nice, did you dig it yourself? How long did it take?

I must admit I cheated in the digging - used a JCB 140 tons of earth and clay is more than I think my back could take, all the new hedges (360m of them) where planted by hand so I felt the use of the digger was justified
Even with digger it took 2 days to dig the pond and 4 gate post holes

tahir



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PostPosted: Tue Feb 07, 06 11:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

creeper wrote:
I must admit I cheated in the digging - used a JCB


One of those tracked mini diggers or full size?

creeper



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PostPosted: Tue Feb 07, 06 11:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Full size JCB SiteMaster - 140 bucket loads in total - each about a ton.

tahir



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PostPosted: Tue Feb 07, 06 11:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Looks like I'd need a week with one of those littluns to do the same then

creeper



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PostPosted: Tue Feb 07, 06 11:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

tahir wrote:
Looks like I'd need a week with one of those littluns to do the same then

I guess it depends on how big you are going to make the pond - for mine we used two furrows and took the ridge between away to make the sides abit more interesting and to blend into the field better, it is about 40 feet wide and 60 long but it won't fill to the top with water - I think the water area will be closer to 25x40 feet but will have gental sloping sides for the ducks etc.
It may be worth considering a big digger and driver as this may be more cost effective than a week with a mini digger - I pay 150 (cash) for a full day (8am til dark) digger hire including driver and fuel

tahir



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PostPosted: Tue Feb 07, 06 11:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

creeper wrote:
I pay 150 (cash) for a full day (8am til dark) digger hire including driver and fuel


Be almost double that round here I reckon. Might talk to the farmer next door.

creeper



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PostPosted: Tue Feb 07, 06 11:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I nearly forgot - I was also given a private local environmental grant to dig the pond by my local council - they paid half the cost of digging based on my submitted estimate, worth checking with your local council if you want a field pond

Treacodactyl
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 07, 06 12:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Would anyone mind if I copy/split the last couple of pages into a new thread? It would be great to see how things progress Creeper and the details may get a little lost in this thread.

tahir



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PostPosted: Tue Feb 07, 06 12:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Yeah I remember you saying that.

creeper



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PostPosted: Tue Feb 07, 06 12:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I was thinking I had hijacked the welcome thread a little bit

Treacodactyl
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 07, 06 12:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

creeper wrote:
I was thinking I had hijacked the welcome thread a little bit


That happens all the time over here.

Rob R



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PostPosted: Tue Feb 07, 06 1:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

tahir wrote:
creeper wrote:
I pay 150 (cash) for a full day (8am til dark) digger hire including driver and fuel


Be almost double that round here I reckon. Might talk to the farmer next door.


25 an hour for an SM as above. We worked it out as being ~ 40 for the digger, 80 to pay yourself to drive it + fuel on the 360 (per day).

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