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Work in the adventure playground with St Christopher School

This week we have had the benefit of several pupils from St Christopher school in Hertfordshire who helped in the playground for two days. St Christopher School children assisted Arlene, Tsetan and Paddy with the task of backfilling the irrigation trenches in this area. We were also able to start to paint the internal walls with whitewash.

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Upper level of treehouse completed

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Arlene Decker (landscape volunteer) inspecting an irrigation system manhole

Construction this week has simply involved 'mending' with a small amount of construction in the form of building the manholes for the valves for the irrigation system. I was very pleased about the manholes given the exposed nature of the valves to children and to the sand/soil gradually falling into the trenches and covering the mechanism.
We have not lost anymore plants this week. The trees and plants that have 'taken' continue to develop and flourish in the harsh climate and the housemothers are watering which is helping hugely. We are looking for local plants to cultivate on site.

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Wild Aquilegia photographed at Chilling

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Breaking through the tree pits for introduction of drip line in the classroom courtyards

This week has once again been primarily focussed on irrigation installation. The masons and labourers have worked hard at breaking through steps and tree pits and digging metres and metres of trenching through the many inaccessible areas (to the JCB) by hand. Some of the work has been gruelling during a very hot week! We are now backfilling the larger trenches with the JCB and also still hand trenching where necessary. The hand trenching has been a very slow process.

The vegetables are looking very good and are coming to fruition. The plants in the nursery in particular are beginning to really develop and the fruit trees are also dong incredibly well.
The end of the week saw the final judging of the garden competition. Infants, Juniors and Seniors were presented with their awards for the best gardens.

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Nursery vegetables with irrigation laterals in place

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Senior winning planting scheme

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Mainline laid along the Spine

This week has been totally irrigation focussed. For the most part things have gone incredibly smoothly. At times it has felt that the whole site has been involved in the installation of the irrigation system. Constant negotiation has been required in order to get the right masons and labourers in the right places at the right time. Tsetan and Dorje have managed to stay on top of basic tasks and watering in the plant nursery, while carrying out many different irrigation duties.

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Sub-main connection

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Irrigation trenching along the Spine

This week saw the continuation of trenching for the irrigation and the first pipes being laid.
We have been discussing looking further at the flora in the hills directly around the school and the possibility of removing some plants and seeing whether they will transplant successfully during these summer months.

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The laying of the first mainline pipes for the irrigation system