Excavating a new pond at Pen DInas

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Mark Thomas and his digger at Pen Dinas last week – he removed stumps of poplar trees which were sending suckers into the growing area, and dug out a pond in the wet area at the bottom of the site.

Pond at Pen Dinas slowly filling

Pond at Pen Dinas slowly filling


Ponds are of course essential for biodiversity, attracting amphibians, birds, bats and all sorts of beneficial wildlife into the garden, helping cycle nutrients and regulate pests. Every garden should have a pond or at least some open water.

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I lead on the Cwm Harry Skills and training enterprise, am a qualified teacher and permaculture design tutor and garden designer and project consultant. I write several blogs and am an avid networker and communicator on the subjects of sustainability, transition and co-operatives. I have written an occasional column for Channel4/green and have worked for Channel 4 on their 'Dumped' seriesworked as well as for BBC Wales as a green advisor on their Changing Lives- Going Green series, Nov-Dec 2009. I have been working in sustainable development, on project management and development, teaching, growing and small business development all my life really. I also grew up living and working on farms and have a broad experience working in Britain and Canada and Zimbabwe on sustainable agriculture, grass roots permaculture projects, micro business development and housing and worker co-ops. I have been based in Wales since 1994 and currently live in the Welsh borders.