Updated 30 Dec 2003
Planting a new oakwood in Dorset
Drawing water at the Well
The Well is 7 feet deep, and is located in the centre of
a 30 foot pond. In drought conditions in summer, there is
only about 1 foot of water in the Well, and 300 litres are
needed every 2 days to water 300 saplings. Water is raised
by a bucket, rope and pulley system, and stored in an old
cast iron bath. Cans are filled from the bath, and watering
300 thirsty saplings takes about 30 minutes. The Well is named
after Bob the digger driver who dug the Pond with great
expertise. In the centre of the Well is a scale, which allows the
watertable height to be measured. This height, together with
graphs of river level and rainfall, is
daily placed on the Internet (click on
"Latest River Levels").
Thanks to Chris Burton and the Worksop Guardian for permission
to use this photo on the website.
Source:Chris Burton, Worksop Guardian
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