Garden Ponds and Water Features
Ponds are probably the single most important wildlife feature that can be added to a garden, attracting a host of creatures from birds, to frogs and beneficial insects. They are also a great source of natural history education for children.
Water features can be accommodated in any size garden, however the size of your garden will dictate the design choice.
A small water feature
may be a miniature feature in a plant pot or water cascading over a small granite orb.
Alternatively, if you have a large plot you may want a large informal pool to complement the garden and attract a wealth of wildlife into your garden.
What ever your choice the addition of a water feature to a garden can be very therapeutic and provide a relaxing spot to sit on Summer evenings.
I know this personally, having moved house 2 years ago and left my pool and FISH behind!! It broke my heart! However at the time it had become a safety issue for my young Daughter.
Fortunately she is now older and I am in the process of building a new pool and water feature.
You can see this project and some of my previous projects on the pages which follow.
According to The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (ROSPA), children below the age of five are most at risk of drowning in garden ponds. The only way to avoid potential disasters is to not to have one. There are, however, precautions that you can take to significantly reduce the chance of accidents.
Rigid steel mesh frames can be positioned securely over the pool, these can be obtained from security grille suppliers and metal stockholders who should be able to cut the mesh to size. Mesh should be heavy duty, ideally made from 6mm to 8mm diameter wire. Secure it firmly and it should support the weight of a young child. Ideally the mesh should be positioned above the water level.
Click to see how even the smallest of ponds could compliment your garden