Using laser level to establish levels for new pond in area of garden before work starts

Using laser level to establish levels for new pond in area of garden before work starts

Digging out the pond

Digging out the pond

Wooden edging before the pond underlay and liner

Wooden edging before the pond underlay and liner

Rocks are placed around marginal edge and a rockery and waterfall created to one end

Rocks are placed around marginal edge and a rockery and waterfall created to one end

Pond is the lined with shingle and planting begins around the sides

Pond is the lined with shingle and planting begins around the sides

New Wildlife Pond West Sussex

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One of the best ways to encourage wildlife into your garden is to build a pond which is exactly what we did for this professional couple who had recently moved to a new house in West Sussex.

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With a very long back garden and limited side access except for a micro digger we were able to build a pond within viewing distance of their conservatory so that they could enjoy watching the wildlife from inside or outside on their patio.

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Although the clients didn't want fish in the pond, they wanted to encourage more birds, newts, frogs and dragon flies into the garden which actually happened the minute we had finished the pond, as dragon flies were seen darting around and birds swooped down to drink and bathe.

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After looking at the shapes of two large existing borders, it was agreed the pond should be nestled into the end of one of the beds and mirror the shape of the lawn with flowing curves.

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We used 9 – 10 tonnes of handpicked local stone and built a raised waterfall at one end surrounded by a small rockery. Along the two lengths we planted a combination of shrubs for evergreen structure and perennials which blended in with existing planting in the garden. Getting the planting right along side the pond is just as important as selecting the plants for inside the pond. In this case the soil was very dry and sandy and therefore plants were chosen to suit the local conditions which were exacerbated by large pine trees and sweet chestnut.
The pond was planted with a mixture of deep water aquatics, marginal and oxygenating plants.

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The pump was set in a chamber out of the pond which aids any maintenance and helps making any adjustments to the flow but more importantly eliminates the pump cabling and hoses being visible in the pond.

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We installed lighting in the beds to highlight the waterfall at night and with a remote control unit, these can be turned on and off from the house.

The clients were delighted with the finished pond and said we had exceeded their expectations.

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