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Recent times have seen about three quarters of our natural wildlife ponds lost. Along with the wetland plants and wildlife they supported.
By building and installing a natural wildlife friendly pond, you'll be creating an oasis for frogs, toads, newts, and dragonflies. You'll enjoy watching the wildlife come and go and helping kids see and understand the workings of nature.
Wildlife garden ponds, streams and water features are built and installed by our pond installation team using puddled clay or rubber liner.
Quotes to install or repair nature garden ponds and water features are free in Bristol, Somerset, Weston super mare, Portishead, Clevedon and further afield when part of a landscaping project.
How to make a garden pond safe for children
When planning and desiging a garden pond, safety considerations are important, especialy if you have children or grand children visiting. I have listed a few things we can do to make the pond safer here. making a pond child safe
Garden Ponds and Water feature tips
How to make Garden Ponds using clay.
Water feature and garden ponds design and installation using puddling clay.
Clay is the traditional method of lining ponds/canals and is the best material for lining garden ponds, wildlife ponds and water features. It's spread over the excavation, mixed with water and then repeatedly trampled to remove all the air space and to break down the structure of the clay. Puddling is hard work and must be done thoroughly to make a waterproof seal. In the past, flocks of sheep were used.
A modern method is to use a dumper truck or JCB, driven back and forth or even a wacker. Or better still enlist the local school, the kids love it and learn about an almost forgotten skill.
If you are lucky and can wait, clay may be available cheaply as a waste product from local building sites and ground work or more likely and I'm afraid more expensive, from clay producers and most suppliers of aggregates.....
....The puddling clay I use is sourced locally when I can. Otherwise I use the supplier of puddling clay used by British Waterways for lining canals.
The clay layer should be at least (8") thick and laid in layers. Once properly puddled, the clay lining remains waterproof indefinitely, provided it remains underwater. Exposed clay dries out and cracks, so is not suitable for steep streams and waterfalls.
A natural meandering stream can be created without using rubber liners, even in very confined woodlands and difficult parts of the garden. Instead we useBentonite. Bentonite is the same clay used in canal building and repairing leaks in lakes and reservoirs.
Lots more about making a clay lined pond here Puddling clay for a pond
The cost of Garden pond design
A garden pond and waterfall installation requires quality components and a lot of physical labour. If you would like a wildlife pond, stream or water feature installed we can design and install it for you. Please ask for a price.
Garden stream is So So Peaceful
Shallow flowing water adds the dimension of motion which gives your landscape a life of its own. The sound of the water is very relaxing and sets the mood for the garden. The most obvious impact of building a stream to a garden pond or water feature is emphasizing the overall size and feeling of the water features. From just 12" to 3 or 4ft wide a flowing stream ties everything together and looks natural.
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