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As Good As New!

Kingcombe have been busy over the past 6 months de-silting in various locations over the South West including a project near Dorchester.

Working with the Environment Agency, we carefully reinstated a section of River back to its original condition.

Before the works started, an ecologist surveyed the area which determined when the work could take place and agreed the working methods.

A pre-start meeting took place to agree access, parking and emergency procedures.

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Prior to starting, a detailed site specific inspection, environmental and site risk assessment and methodology were completed.

During the works

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Using a hydraulic excavator and a dumper, the silt and vegetation was removed from the river to a stockpile for later disposal.

Project Completion

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And it doesn’t stop there for 2016! This month, one of our site teams will be busy right up to Christmas de-silting a private lake near Warminster.

De-silting has been one of Kingcombe’s core activates for nearly 30 years and it gives us great pleasure to return a lake/pond/river or reservoir back to its original beauty.

Please contact us if you require further information on de-silting.

Three Ponds Desilted

image-1Over the years desilting has been a core activity for Kingcombe Aquacare. Whether it is large lakes and reservoirs or small ponds, we have cleared them of silt to give them a new lease of life.

Our latest desilting project was to clean out three pools in the beautiful gardens of a house in Somerset for a Private Client. We have previously cleaned the ponds out around 12 years ago. The smallest was about 300m2 in surface area and the largest pool  around 1400m2 with up to 1m depth of silt.

The water was drained out and then the silt loaded into a pumping system to move the waste around 1km to farmland.

We applied on behalf of the Client for an exemption to the waste regulations to allow the legal disposal of the silt to land.

The work took a couple of weeks to complete before we allowed the three ponds to refill.

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Rycote Park after restoration by Kingcombe Aquacare

Landscape Restoration at historic Rycote Park

Rycote Park was the site of an Elizabethan royal palace, and the main house still incorporates part of that original building. The extensive grounds include a lake of almost 5 hectares, part of which dates back to Elizabethan times but which was considerably enlarged and landscaped by Capability Brown in the 18th century. Very little work had been done to the lake since that time. By 2000 it was heavily silted up, with only 0.5m depth of water over most of its surface area, and seriously encroached by alders, willows and marginal vegetation around the greater length of its banks.

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Aquatic Survey at The Waddesdon Estate

The 300 year old lake at Eythrope Park is the dominant landscape feature set within a parkland setting of historical importance. The lake had sadly deteriorated over the years, however, in particular due to the expansion of nearby Aylesbury and subsequent changes in water quality in the River Thame, which feeds the lake. In 2002 John Colton, the managing director of Kingcombe Aquacare Ltd, was invited to survey the water and recommend practical measures that could be taken to arrest the gradual decline of the feature.

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