Charlie’s water feature tutorial – mind the chickens!

Keeping the children occupied and out of mischief in lockdown has been a constant theme over the last few weeks while the schools have been closed. But for Charlie Goodchild, his mum’s garden has provided inspiration to get busy and to build a water feature.

Join ten-year-old Charlie now at their lovely garden in Welwyn, Hertfordshire to find out what’s been keeping him busy:

Sadly, but obviously not for the chickens, the pond plants were devoured by the family’s brood and replacement plants are being sought! Our photo shows Charlie with the water feature before the chickens struck!

Make your own – what you’ll need

Materials List

  • Rectangular pond tub
  • Solar powered fountain pump
  • Old butler sink (was in the garden)
  • Stones from the garden
  • Old bricks
  • Pond plants (later eaten by chickens!)
  • Old chicken pen (added later to save the plants – more plants being purchased once lock down allows)

Pond Plants

  • Scirpus cernus (fibre optic plant)
  • Cardamine pratensis (cuckoo flower)
  • Water Lily (Perrys fire)
  • Acorus gramineus Ogon (golden variegated sweet flag)
  • Houttuynia cordata “Chameleon” (Harlequin plant)
  • Mentha aquatica (water mint)
  • Mazus reptans “alba” (white chestnut marshflower)
  • Lychnis flos-cuculi (ragged robin)
  • Geum rivale (water avens)

For more crafty ideas to keep the children occupied in the garden this summer click here

More about the garden

 

Caroline’s lovely family garden in Welwyn Hertfordshire has been developed over the last ten years. There’s access to surrounding woodland from this medium sized multi-purpose family garden with an eclectic mix of planting. A variety of bulbs, perennial borders and mixed shrubs provide all year round interest and colour. There are foxgloves, alliums and hellebores throughout the many beds and some hungry chickens too!

Discover more about the garden at 77 Warren Way, Hertfordshire here

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