I noted today, on Twitter, a picture posted by a landscaper of a set of stepped footings he'd poured for a garden wall.
What I found rather extraordinary is that these footings had been stepped up using softwood shuttering, of which the lower half is submerged into the concrete. Wooden pegs had also been used as level pegs (I'd estimate that these pegs were 30-50mm square.
There are two potential problems I foresee happening.
1. The wood will swell (or shrink) and cause the footing to crack in the future.
2. The concrete will part at the transition of level changes. Either by rising or falling or each separate plate moving away from the next one, causing cracks to transmit up through the brickwork above.
I also noted the absence (nor mention of) of reinforcing bars. Something I think is a fundamental good practice.
What are your views on best practice?