Here are just some of the messages Aquatic Solutions have received from clients

“Dear Tom and Mike,
Just a quick note to thank you again for your excellent service. Chris was first-class despite travel and weather issues; he did a great job for us. Chris was very conscientious and thorough he worked meticulously to get as much weed out as possible. Please pass on our thanks to Chris again.”

B. Sawdon, YT Angling Association

“Most of the members of the Natural Environment Committee have now had a chance to see the results of the reed and silt removal, as well as parishioners and visitors who have passed through. All have expressed close interest in the methods and machinery used and appreciation for what has been achieved. We have nothing but praise for the way you and your team of Dave, Rob and Dan carried out the task – obviously very skilled in the operations, but also informative, helpful and ‘sympathetic’ to the site as a Nature Conservation Area.
Since this was a new kind of project for me, I found great relief in being able to trust the intelligent planning and care taken throughout the project; for example, the contouring of the debris and silt round the perimeter of the pond actually improves the site when it could have so easily looked a dire mess; willow tree stumps were removed from where they were growing in the water and in the way; the bottom layer of the pond was levelled out; tape was put across the main access points for safety while the pond and its surroundings settle.
All in all, outstanding work and a great success: a big ’thank you’ to everyone involved! Instead of endlessly trying to catch up before it overwhelmed our efforts, we are now in a position to go ahead with better management and make appropriate improvements to the conservation area. The ducks are also pleased!”

C. Welch, South Luffenham Parish Council

“Thank you for all that you have done. The work carried out by your operative Daniel was exceptional. The man is unbelievable. Never stopped. Even when the machine needed a spare part he left to return to rugby. The next day he started around six. How did he do it? What a complete professional job. Many thanks from all the membership. Very highly recommended. Well done.”

T. Chatfield, Sandwich and District Angling Association

Dave arrived on the last day to collect the digger and to do a final clear up. He left everything looking as clear and tidy as possible, nothing was too much trouble for him. Not only is he a credit to the company, he is a lovely young man.
The whole project has exceeded my expectations and I would not hesitate to recommend Mike and his team. Thank you so much, we are very grateful that we found you.  With warmest wishes”

L. Wright, Herts

“Good morning Tom / Mike, The work went extremely well, I was very impressed with the amphibious machine design and capability. I was even more impressed with your operator Daniel. He was very punctual, courteous and professional in his approach to the task. I found him to be very adept in operating the machine and obviously very knowledgeable and experienced in this type of work. Please pass on my thanks to him for a job well done.”

B. Reeve, Notts

“Dear Mike, We would like to say a big thank you for coming back. The leak has dried up completely and the garden is visibly starting to dry out. We have been worrying about this problem for a couple of years and until we came across you we were very apprehensive about how tackle it.”=

J.Dow, Cambs

“Hi Tom, Just wanted to drop you a quick note to say how pleased we were with the work to our pond. Chris arrived on time and worked relentlessly. We had to force him to take a break for lunch or even a tea break. He was an absolute pleasure to work with and smiled all day long joining in with the general banter as we had spectators and friends who all wanted to see Aquatic Solutions in operation. At all times though he worked safely and professionally, evidently very expert in using this specialist equipment. He was an excellent ambassador to your company and we would not hesitate to recommend you to others and would be happy to act as reference should you require. Thanks again to Aquatic Solutions. You communicated with us excellently prior to arriving on site and provided a first class service.”

A. Jones, Powys

“Would like to say thanks to Chris and Rob from Aquatic Solutions. Great job on Frog Island, very professional and clean and tidy job undertaken. I would recommend to anyone.”

C. Hill, Ebsford Environmental

 “Everything went very well thank you. The guys have done a very thorough job going by the amount of silt heaped up within the adjacent field and great to see a good body of water once again. We were exceptionally lucky with the weather too, with minimal mess in and around the lake. Looking forward to seeing the final results once all has settled”

C. James, Gloucestershire

“Thanks for a job well done in dredging our pond – not a simple task which included managing an underwater pipe, boundary issues between neighbours, and having to stack silt in some unexpected places! We were impressed with your “can-do” attitude and practical approach to solving problems. Your team are hard-working, polite and committed and did a good job over the 3 weeks.”

B. Campbell, Oxfordshire

“We now have a big pond again, Dan did a great job and was very friendly and considerate of our needs . . . Many thanks”
“We now have a big pond again, Dan did a great job and was very friendly and considerate of our needs . . . Many thanks”

A. Foster, Gloucestershire

“Tom, just wanted to say thank you to you and especially Phil who came today to de-silt our boat house. A great job and it was refreshing to have such a nice and helpful chap do such a great job for us. I will certainly recommend your firm. Once again many thanks.

M. Constant, Peterborough

“The recent work on the Knypersley feeder ( foaming Quart to the Caldon canal ) has been of the highest quality.
Many thanks for your support and hard work on this one. The clients are extremely happy with the results. Can you also pass on my thanks to Chris for a job well done, and his patience and support with access and delivery across the job. He kept in touch throughout the entire works and made it a pleasure working with you guys.”

The Canal & River Trust

“Dear Tom, Just wanted to say how pleased I am with the job that Phil and Dave did here yesterday, but more than that – I was amazed at how hard they worked, without stopping. Not only that, but they cared – about the quality of the work of course, but also how it would look when it was finished, improving on my suggestions – I was really impressed. Please pass on my thanks to them both – if they work like that on all jobs they must be a terrific asset to the company. Your whole company have been a pleasure to deal with.”

T. Jeffries, Portsmouth

“Many thanks for yesterday, Chris did a great job manoeuvring the Truxor into the pond and clearing out the reeds. He is also a really nice chap and a credit to Aquatic Solutions.”

B. Brace, Norfolk

“I’m absolutely delighted with what was achieved. The guys were great, a pleasure to deal with, and they got much more silt out than I had anticipated. The Truxor is a fantastic bit of kit. You can definitely pencil me in for same time next year to do the stream.”

S. Tesler, Wiltshire

“Just a quick email to thank you for carrying out the work on the lake for us. We are extremely pleased with the result and Chris should be congratulated for his outstanding workmanship and care that he took to avoid as little disruption as possible. It was a pleasure to have him working with us.”

M. Goundrey, Oxford

“We were very fortunate with our chosen contractor. Mike Stretton visited us in January when he was up to his chest in freezing water (there was too much ice to launch a boat!) assessing the loch and providing advice on the best course of action. The men who came to do the job, Chris, Dan, Dave and Phil were a delightful group who made the whole experience very enjoyable. They listened very carefully to the wishes of the various residents involved, worked very hard and even went the extra mile by planting irises along the gabion at the north end of the loch.”

Tannoch Loch, Glasgow

“Thank you very much for the work you have done on the reeds. The area is vastly improved and will hopefully improve the flow of water in to the main pool.”

Edgbaston Golf Club

“Just a quick note to thank you for the clearance work last Friday. Dawid was absolutely excellent; thorough, methodical and very conscientious. He started very early and got through a lot of work. We would like to book him again for next year. Could you send me your availability please so we can get in the book early.”

Mr R. Sawdon, York

“Chris completed three days of work today, successfully meeting the targets that we had set. He did an excellent job, working almost non-stop until the light faded each day, always cheerful and helpful, in nasty weather (on two out of the three days, at least). We greatly appreciate his skilful work.”

C. Robinson, Oxfordshire

“Many thanks for the hard work carried out by Rob and Olley in such horrendous weather.”

K. Fowles, Wrexham

“Hi Tom, just wanted to drop a note of thanks to you for the excellent service your company have provided from the first phone call to yourself to the moment Phil left this evening.  Great work and I will contact you to discuss further work shortly.”

Mr G. King, Derby

“Just a quick note to tell you how pleased I am with the lily removal, they have done both ponds and it is a fantastic job, and I should add that the two operators you sent (Chris and Phil) are a credit to your company. Thank you.”

Mr J. Ball, Staffordshire

“Dear Tom, I would like to thank you and particularly the operator, Phil, who came to do the work. He worked hard in the most appalling conditions and we are very pleased with the result.”

Mr R. Russell, Yorkshire

“This is an unsolicited testimonial. The Aquatic Solutions team have done a wonderful job at our large lake. The main problem was the depth of lake surrounded by shallow waters caused by years of fallen branches, tree trunks, rotten leaves. Michael Stretton came with the solution. The team arrived with a digger and container for the sludge stationed outside the lake. And a really amazing amphibian vehicle, looking more like an army tank, and a large boat. The amphibian vehicle was fitted with a sophisticated digger, which would dive in to the water and then transfer the sludge on to the boat. When full, the boat will go back to the base, to be emptied and dredging material transferred to our field. I will highly recommend Mike Stretton’s Aquatic Solutions team for any dredging job in the UK. This is a genuine note of thanks and I will be personally happy to answer any questions.”

Dr H. Sarwar

“The large pool was becoming choked by Phragmites australis, more commonly known as Norfolk Reed, and I decided decisive action was needed to stop it before it covered the entire surface. Research online led me to a firm called Aquatic Solutions. They arrived early on Tuesday morning with amazing machines. I spent far more time than I could spare watching them at work, mesmerized by their co-ordinated teamwork as they steadily and methodically dug up the weeds and transported them to the bank. There was very little mess, the ducks, coots and moorhens continued as if nothing was happening, and gradually the pool re-emerged, as if liberated and revealed in all its glory, sparkling in the sunshine.  Aquatic Solutions were brilliant. If this reads like an advertisement, I think they deserve it!”

Stokesay Court

“We are very pleased with the vegetation clearance in Hudsons Bay, and the extra bits your boys managed for us on the Friday were a great help also. It has opened up a fantastic view of the house not seen since the late 60’s, and I believe will make us more attractive as a wedding venue with the open water now adjacent to the barn terrace”

Stuart Reid, Head Gardener, Michelham Priory

“It’s good to see the impact the machines (and operators) have made in the reed bed.  It looks great and the cleared areas should be excellent for bird life and eventually to be encroached by the appropriate wetland flora.  Please pass on my thanks to the guys for the work they did.”

Rob Solomon, Bracknell Forest Council Countryside Ranger

“Thanks for successfully clearing our weed from the lake. I would like to thank Phil for the level of skill he showed and conscientious way he worked. He did a good job.”

Mr Holden, Knaresborough

“On behalf of us all I would like to say thank you to you and your team for carrying out the works on our lake. Your guys Rob and Phil were courteous, professional, helpful and just ‘got on with it’. They were here at 8am if not before and left at dark. They left the grounds tidily and your deftly light machine made it up the steps. Quite a picture to see the angle it made to do so…..”

Sonia Goodman, Henry Tate Mews, London

“Delighted with the job that Chris has carried out on our Lochs. Fantastic bit of kit which has made the Lochs fishable again. Thanks again for everything”.

Paul Ross, Balnagown Lochs

“I would like to say how impressed we were here at Lower Mill Estate with Aquatic Solutions. The work they carried out for us was to reduce the amount of reeds in certain parts of the estate by removing them from the roots to stop further growth. From the initial conversation to the conclusion of the work being carried out around the estate Aquatic Solutions conducted itself in a most professional manner. I was very impressed with the work that was carried out in the 3 days and the amount that was done in this time. I will definitely be recommending Aquatic Solutions – we were very pleased with how the project went and look forward to working with them again in the future.”

Jason Braid, Lower Mill Estate

“We’ve worked with Aquatic Solutions at three different nature reserves that we manage for wildlife conservation. We have been more than satisfied with the work, good contractors to work with and the Truxor operators worked diligently throughout, very impressed. I’m sure we will work with them in the future”

Dan Richardson, Senior Reserves Officer, Wildlife Trust BCN

“Aquatic Solutions are a friendly and professional company. The work they carried out for us was conducted on a sensitive site which is of national importance for its aquatic wildlife. We were very pleased with how the project went and look forward to working with them again in the future.”

Katharine Banham, Wildlife Trust BCN

“May I take this opportunity to thank Dan for all his hard work and Mike for his expertise and swift replies to my email. A very big thank you from all at Bolton Anglers”

Bolton Anglers

“Special thanks to Chris for doing a great job and recognising his professional yet friendly and competent attitude.The work was completed on time and with no damage whatsoever to the surrounding landscape. Considering the size of the plant machinery used this is remarkable. Once again thanks for a thoroughly professional job”

D. Taylor, Private Lake Owner, East Yorkshire

“After purchasing new premises we realised we needed to restore previously neglected lakes and grounds to their former splendour to make a fitting backdrop for the prestigious offices sited beside them. We chose Aquatic Solutions UK because not only did they quote very competitively but also offered the most effective solution for recycling the significant amount of silt that needed to be removed from the lake, this would have been hugely expensive to remove as waste from our site. The cost effective and environmentally friendly solution of recycling the silt to create new banks around the perimeter of the lake meant the shape of the lake was improved, and further areas for planting were created to enhance the grounds further. The Aquatic Solutions UK team carried out the work effectively and with great attention to detail throughout this commercial park refurbishment. They worked throughout the year through all weather conditions to give us the lake we desired. As a result of the fantastic job the team achieved on the lake works we awarded Aquatic Solutions UK with the landscaping works on the rest of the grounds, and now staff working at Hillswood Drive can enjoy the wonderful environment created by the refurbishment of the lakes, woodland and surrounding landscape. Having worked with Aquatic Solutions for 12 months we have built a firm friendship and look forward to working with them in the future.”

Michael Zammit, Hillswood Drive, Chertsey

“On behalf of Adderbury PC and especially the Lakes Management committee I’d like to say how impressed we were with your team and the work accomplished so far, particularly with their professional attitude when working in such poor weather conditions. It’s been marvellous to see the project begin to evolve and we’re all looking forward to the planting and then the final product emerging.”

Diane Bratt, Adderbury Parish Council

“After a long search we came across Aquatic Solutions UK as a possible company to remedy our overgrown ponds which were practically choked with vegetation. Once I contacted Mike he did the rest. They arrived on site and after two days the ponds were restored to their former glory much to our satisfaction. I would have no hesitation in recommending this company to anyone wishing to use such a service.”

Arthur Cahill, General Manager, Clontarf Golf Club (Dublin)

“From the first meeting to the conclusion of Phase 1 of our lake restoration programme in 2011 Aquatic Solutions UK has conducted itself in a most professional manner. The selective removal of 150 tons of over grown bulrushes has exposed 4 acres of water, once again allowing water flow in areas that had become stagnated. This operation has improved the infrastructure of the lake and a enabled a wider variety of wildlife to be accommodated. Phase 2 of our lake restoration programme will commence in Autumn 2012 and we look forward to Aquatic Solutions aiding us in this task.”

John Matcham, Woodford House Estate

“From our initial enquiry and subsequent first site visit though to project completion Mike Stretton and his team delivered a thoroughly courteous, timely and efficient service that I am delighted to recommend.”

Bryan McDonald, Castle Manager, Arundel Castle & Gardens

“The project at Phyllis Court was to increase the depth of water in our moat. Aquatic Solutions came up with the best idea of pumping out the solids (silt removal) into permeable bags, once dry it could be collected and removed from site, and they carried the project out with the minimum of fuss and left the site tidy.”

Barry Foster, Phyllis Court

“We are delighted with the work being done on the pond. It has made a tremendous difference.”

W. Corbett, Beaulieu Motor Museum, New Forest

“Just wanted to say a huge thank you to you and Aquatic Solutions for the work done to our pond this week. The difference is incredible and will continue to impress once the sediment has settled over the next week or so. The truxor driver (Chris) you sent down was first class and we all thank him for his efforts in avoiding fish and placating our over-curious members of staff. I would appreciate it if you could pass on my thanks to him.”

Dave Piddington, Head School Keeper, North London Collegiate School

“Would you kindly pass on our thanks to Chris and Dan who worked tirelessly to restore Kingsley pond to the condition it was some ten years ago.They both worked extremely hard throughout the days, We got the feeling they wanted a good result for the club as much as we did.They are a credit to your company and project an image of professionalism and expertise which is a pleasant change from our previous experiences with Aquatic contractors. I look forward to Aquatic Solution’s next visit”

Kevin Bailey-Eager, Oakhanger Angling Club Fishery Manager