Having a design allows you to explore ideas and break them up into manageable tasks that can take place over a number of weeks, months or years.
Numerous factors will affect the design such as land use and existing features; and it might change over time, but a good design is essential at the start.
- Review your aim, if your aim is to create a pond to allow children to go pond dipping, then a pond has to feature in your design somewhere.
- Review your site investigations, where are the areas that are already good for wildlife? Where is wet already and is therefore a good place to dig your pond? What can you not do because of the shade cast by any nearby buildings?
Your design needs to reflect the resources you have available. Building a 100 metre long dry stone wall might not be a good idea if you have no access to stone or enough people to learn the right techniques to build the wall.
Ensure that you know how much the work is going to cost. For example, think about the costs of the tools, materials, plants, skip hire and training courses.
Think about how you can raise funds or apply for funding to meet these costs. Don’t forget to budget for lots of tea and biscuits!
Make sure that some of your group are trained in risk assessment and first aid as this will help you make your project safer and enable you to react if accidents do happen.