Saturday, September 19, 2020

Drains, Drains and a small retaining wall

 Environmental Centre -- September 2020

 The stormwater drains had been blocked for about 20 years, so when it rained, the whole area became a muddy pool 

We started by removing a jutting out piece of the island, 
so the rainwater could run around and into the drain 

Paved and cemented- more kerbstones 
along the flower bed.

Starting on drain Nr. One

Now for the clearing of the drains,
 Lid up, and the pressure water machine.

Wilson got the hose through in one day-- 
water came out twenty metres away  
 success-- so far!

Mmmm -- having cleared the bottom drain -- 
here was another ??

With Number One done we went to the far end to start 
 Enter and Dansley looking for the manhole, which was well buried!

 It took a while to remove all the built-up sand.  
I was amazed at how good the brickwork was  eighty years 
after it was done and the metal rungs still firm in the wall 

We did the same with Drain Number Two

Now all the drains were all linked up and 
water flowing between them


The next step was to build a retaining wall to prevent the sand from washing back down into the drains

 Levelled and the foundation down

The wall is done!

A builder suggested we strengthen the wall by
 adding two more rows of bricks at the base --
 all done! The small area is paved

We noticed a depression at the end of the wall, so investigated. Buried under forty cms of sand, was the main water tap for the outside bathrooms.  Cleared and bricked now -- a piece of walling will go on top to keep it clean and for easy access.

Enjoy the park!

Sunday, December 30, 2018

December 2018

November 2018 

Planting wild irises in the lane below the school

City  Parks gave me six men for four days

We started with one team preparing the plants
in the 'secret garden''

The second team started digging the trench --
hard work  in hot weather !

The plants were ready

Luckily the water tanker was watering trees in the area 
and came and filled all the holes. 
Later they came back and watered the plants

Neil from Jozi trails was working nearby and came
to do the last bit of the trench -- so much quicker

The plants being put into the trench

After four days of hard work we were finished --  
Next Spring we should have 300m of white flowers! 

City Parks was impressed and gave me 
another four days with  the men

Near the embankment the poplar saplings were 
coming up, so the men  dug  them out

In the 'secret garden' the paths were uneven 

Shepherd and Wilson took all the pavers up,
 dug out the offending roots...

And put the bricks back-- much safer for the walkers and runners.

Back at the top parking area 

 We have had a constant flow of paving bricks
 being donated -  keeping Shepherd and Wilson busy

It looks like a mosaic but does the job. 
More bricks coming in January

Top Dam

 Somewhere in the long grass are the
 Arum lilies we planted

After clipping around the plants the grass 
was brush-cut - all neat and tidy again!

That's all for now! 

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

September 2018-- dams, rivers and others

September 2018

Standard Drive Parking

 Another section of paving being finished.

Top dam

A photo I took at 7.30am and it was a stunner-- 
it  really surprised me!


 Papyrus on the move!

 First it was removed from the dam and put out 
to dry on the adjacent field.

People were not happy with it there so
it was moved to the Acacia grove

Then John who has cleared that 
area wasn't happy, so off it went to the
 Leighton Drive field to become compost

Tree fall

Still at top dam --the river was blocked  by a 
fallen tree and  had silted up

 Both sides of the bridges needed clearing

 deepening and widening

Looking better


The sluit close to Bantam Drive was full of rubbish so
we had to spent a day there, cleaning it up.


Top dam below the  spillway

 A tree had come down blocking the stream

The men dug a channel around it  and 
the water flowed easily again

 At the spillway was a deep, boggy and potentially dangerous hole,
 so the men filled it with logs, not pretty but functional

Once the digging was done it was time to 
plant white arum lilies

We took them from  inside the forest so the ones 
on the forest perimeter were untouched

They are a bit droopy now but hopefully 
next year they will be in full flower


This tangle of dead trees  next to the river
is next to be sorted out



The first tree to be fully clothed in fresh greenery!

That's all folks!

Monday, May 21, 2018

May 2018

May 2018

Tap upgrade

Jeanne and Grant Mortimer offered to  do a makeover at the
 tap near the bathrooms. A huge improvement!


Bridge Renovations

 The small bridge  in the lane by the school was blocked—it needed a bigger pipe.
There was one in the bush, so Wilson and Shepherd rolled it to the site.

 The small pipes were removed , the big one put in its place

Stones were placed at the sides to strengthen it.

All fixed!


New fencing at top parking

New corral fencing  on the East side

Top parking  

We were given more two more lots of paving bricks so now the parking  is paved to the big gum tree.

 Looks a bit like mosaic but it does the job.

 The gardens being weeded

Coral fencing being erected on one side on the parking opposite the playground


Poplar firewood

At last the big poplar  that fell down about a year ago, 
is being  cut up  and removed by Manuel for firewood


Top Dam cleanup

John Barrow kindly loaned Delta  Park a TLB for 4 days
I had it for 1 day and Jozi trails had it for 3 days.

Moses removed the floating island of papyrus and the tall blue plants.

 It was wonderful seeing huge loads of that island being swept up and out the dam

- now the dam is beautifully clear.