The School Field

We started work on our new school field roughly three years ago. It’s an odd shaped piece of land but we could see the potential it had. We started by clearing all the vegetation and rubbish that had collected there. This corner would eventually be where the pond would be built.

Overgrown and covered with rubbish


We found that there had been lots of gravel dumped there in the past so we decided to recycle it. We would have to collect it all and sift out the sand.

Gravel mine


It was piled up where the sand pit would eventually be built.

Saved the gravel for later


We wanted to make a grassed five-a-side football field so we had to level the land to within a few centimetres. We edged with a path made from the recycled gravel.

Level playing field


We knew the grass would not like the sandy clay so we added a layer of topsoil. This came with all sorts of rubbish mixed in with it, so we had to sift the top soil so that the children wouldn’t have any nasty surprises later when they were using the field.

Sifting the top soil


The grass would take a long time to get well established so we started planting as soon as the top soil was layed.

Planting the grass


We needed somewhere to store garden furniture later on so we built a paillote.

Building a paillote


The pond was built using a cement block wall. In this picture it can’t be seen as we had to bury in to stop the weight of the sand toppling it over. The top of the wall was covered with bricks made from mud and cement. These were also used to make steps down to what would be the edge of the pond.

Construction of the pond


We would need a well and an electric pump so that we would be able to keep the pond full.



The pond needed to be lined with clay so that the water would not just soak away into the sand.

Lining the pond with clay


It was then time to fill the pond with water. When we were happy that the pond had worked we made it home for two Koi Carp fish that have since grown to be quite big.

Pond filled with water


What would be a playing field without a climbing frame? We built a nice big one.

Climbing frame


And then it was done, but only once our turkey felt at home there.

The finished school field


Simon M. Collins

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