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Bubble Trouble

Posted by sheiladearing on 02 Mar 2010 at 02:52 PM

In one of our model gardens we have an interesting water feature, a bubbling rock!


Unfortunately it hasn’t bubbled for some time. Somewhere under the ground the power supply to the rock has been broken and despite numerous attempts by the maintenance team we have not been able to reinstate the power. A trench will have to be dug through our fine turf and model gardens so we can install a new ducting and electrical cable.

 

“The rock in all its glory”

 

The rock weighs approximately 0.5 tons and sits above a sump supported by two steel girders. The steel mesh underneath allows us to have pebbles at the base so that the water that is pumped out of the well and through a hole in the rock trickles over them. Also, because it is suspended above a pit the water returning has 2ft to fall; this makes a pleasing splashing sound, giving a tranquil feeling to the garden.

 

 

“An overview of our route through the turf and model gardens”

 

The work began with gardener Simon Holman neatly cutting out sections of turf and placing them to one side. This is no ordinary turf and as any green keeper would tell you it takes a lot effort and time to keep it in good condition throughout the year, so it will be a challenge to make it good again after.

 

  

“The cavalry arrive”

 

A task force (Trevor Mills and me), was later assigned; signs and safety barriers were soon in place. Tracking boards were used so as not to further mess up the fine turf before Trevor trundles in on the digger. A trench could then start to be dug at a depth of 2ft. This will ensure the duct and cable will be safe from potential damage caused by turf maintenance.

 
“The depth of the measures 2ft or 60cm. The digger only thinks in feet and inches.”

 

“Phil steps in to lend a hand when the going gets tough”

 

Soil was put back and compressed as we went so as not to leave the trench exposed. We laid warning tape along the whole length of the trench at half the depth of the cable to its location. To help with any future maintenance a halfway service point was also installed. Just when we thought we were home free, disaster struck. The digger uncovered a mains water pipe! This was totally accidental on the driver’s behalf and will be avoided in future by the warning tape mentioned above.

 

“Trevor and I try turning our hand to a bit of light plumbing. Good as New”

 
Electrical warning tape installed”

 

So with the leak fixed, the ducting in, and the trench refilled it’s just the electrician to connect up and the lawn maintenance team required to re-lay and make good the fine turf. All this for a few bubbles! Nothing like attention to detail- which is why the garden looks as good as it does.

 

 

 “With Trevor’s ‘Proper Job’ driving style and my NVQ2 in electrics, we are the dream team for the job at hand”

 

 “Phil seemed a little on edge today “what have you done to my fine turf”

 

 

 “A disk cutter is used to help with the digging of the trench”

 

 “Trevor was grinning like a kipper after we‘d fixed the water main”

 

John Bridge

 


 

 

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