Where to start when planning a pond


Council regulations – Rules vary across the country, so the first step is to check out your local council guidelines and regulations. Depending on the size, depth and position of your proposed pond, you may need a development approval.

Location – Choose a spot where you can sit and enjoy your pond. Go for a sunny spot protected from strong winds, and clear of big trees that drop too many leaves and clog up your pond.

Shape – Geometrical shapes are well suited to formal gardens; curved ponds create a more relaxed feel and are best for informal gardens.

Features – Extra features such as waterfalls, fountains and lighting add another dimension. You’ll need a permanent power supply installed for these. Arrange for a qualified electrician to survey and quote on this at the planning stage – it may influence decisions, such as where you position your pond.

Got a disused or unwanted swimming pool in your backyard? Perhaps you could turn that into a pond? In the December issue, we visit a gardener who has done just that, and the results are amazing! But that’s not all you can do with an old swimming pool – we’ve got some other ideas to inspire you, from a floating garden to a wine cellar!