What does wildlife in a one hundred year old man-made pond has to do with local fruit?
The tangible link would be that water from the pond I am going to talk about could be used to help young fruit trees and bushes to survive their first years in hot summer in this 5000 square meter park, if the story was about replanting trees in this old orchard.
Yet it is an other story I am going to tell, that of the renovation of the pond. The owner wanted to do well after the creation of this decorative feature by his grandfather at the beginning of the 1900 ies, but he didn’t realise he would destroy the biological balance of this ecosystem built over a century by doing it the way he did.
Unfortunately he asked the builders to “clean”, remove the mud and silt from the bottom of the pond, and we are now left with a place that has lost most of its wildlife and where water becomes cloudy when the weather is hot.
It is a bit like a well-maintained orchard or garden, it takes time for nature to take control and regulate itself with some human help to make it a productive place where pests don’t reproduce too much.
This I feel had been achieved in this pond, where we had crystal clear waters all year-long. The moral of the story? Know nature.
Unfortunately reality is worse than I thought: water is getting cloudy even in the first pond where the spring flows. Photo 4 August.
Back to clear waters yesterday. Fresh weather helps? There will be good and bad days, and years I guess, until nature strikes a new balance. It will hopefully happen sooner rather than later.