Making a wildlife pond: First water …

Just like ‘First Light’ on new telescopes, except that this is for our new wildlife pond. So, drum roll please, as the first drops of water start to fill the pond:


Last autumn we got rid of the 6m hexagonal above ground pool that we built for the kids some ten years ago and while we watched the builders break the 12-inch (excessive I know) concrete base up, we decided to go deeper. We asked them to use the digger to scrape out the clay base to a metre, so that we could make a pond.


This was the hole first thing this morning

Now I know that this post is jumping the gun a little, because said pond is not even close to being finished, but after months of digging the hole, watching the hole fill with winter rains, pumping out collected water, building a summerhouse, building a retaining wall for some anticipated decking in front of summerhouse, we finally got to the fun part of making the pond and I couldn’t resist sharing.


Nice bit of protective under-felt

Today we put in the liner and right now the water is pouring in.


Liner roughly draped in hole


‘First Water’ in the pond


Pond filling slowly, while the wrinkles in the liner are eased out

Now, imagine: Chairs on the decking (to the right), summerhouse doors flung wide open, waterlilies floating on the surface, marginals decorating the edges and the pond just buzzing with wildlife.

Ah, dreams …

Are you planning anything exciting for your garden?

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4 Responses to Making a wildlife pond: First water …

  1. Eliza Waters says:

    Very exciting – I can just imagine it. Looking forward to seeing the finished look.

  2. Sue says:

    Looking good! Can’t wait to see it when it’s finished.

  3. Tina says:

    I don’t have anything as exciting as you have! Wow–it’s going to be spectacular and I can’t wait to see who shows up for visits. I’ve always heard that pond builders’ one regret is that they didn’t build the pond large enough–a regret I share–but it looks like yours will be a perfect size.

  4. Oh I love seeing a new pond being photographed from scratch. I have created 4 in all but now only have a tiny one!

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