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08/06/2012 at 17:57

I sadly had to remove an infected cherry tree from my garden recently, so with the hole that was left I decided to make a wildlife pond. Heres the tree before it was removed...

 and shortly after it was removed..

 I never got around to lining the pond but is im on heavy clay the pond filled up by itself, a little planting up and heres how it looks now...

 By next spring I intend to have the pond lined as the water soon soaks away in dry weather, and I hope to have planted the area with native plants etc, but Im pleased with it so far.

08/06/2012 at 19:01

You must have worked hard! I'm sure you'll be glad you did it. A pond is always worth doing in my opinion. I would suggest you get it lined asap as the longer you leave it, the more creatures will take up residence and then be homeless / dead when you start again. I have a major refurbishment to do on my 20+ year old pond and will try to time it to cause the least amount of disturbance though there will of course be plenty. Luckily I have a small pond in my front garden as well so some of the beasties will have an alternative home.

08/06/2012 at 20:08

i left a pond behind in my last garden it broke my heart i loved the whole idea of giving wildlife a home and bog plants i could watch the pond for hours. I so so miss it. My garden is too narrow and small to have one now. What i have done is made a bog garden i dug my border on to the lawn about two feet of it which was back breaking work and put a descent polythene down with a few holes here and there and put the soil back and planted it up. Has anyone any ideas on a very natural water feature im not into an urn spouting water

09/06/2012 at 11:35

Dont forget to make a shelf incase little mammals fall in. If you add a shallow beach the birds love to bath especially in hot weather. Your pond looks great !

09/06/2012 at 19:24

Thanks, its still 'work in progress' as they say. To be honest I wasnt ready to fill it with water, but with all the rain we've had its filled up by itself. There is a shelf at the back, and the front is beached slightly.

Ive got plenty of landscaping yet to do around the pond, including laying a block paved path. I fear if I lined the pond now then there will be allsorts of debris falling into it whilst the work continues. I aim to get the work done first, empty the pond and get it lined, then fill the pond again. All by the end of the summer!!!

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