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29 12, 2023

Time to plan your new wildlife pond

By |2023-12-29T16:40:30+00:00December 29th, 2023|Wildlife|0 Comments

As we enter the new year spring really isn't far away. With frogs and toads among the first to breed in early spring, the new year is an ideal time to consider installing a wildlife pond.       Summer might seem a long way away but pond plants establish rapidly - you could soon [...]

9 08, 2017

Native wetland plants for colour, structure, and wildlife

By |2019-08-12T07:48:20+00:00August 9th, 2017|Ecology, Plants, Wildlife|0 Comments

Here are my suggestions for some of the very best native wetland plants that will add lots of colour and structure, while attracting a host of wildlife too. Purple loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria) – this is a simply stunning perennial, with spires of intense magenta flowers that attract insects throughout the summer. In damp soil it [...]

9 08, 2017

Wild Ponds wins Chelsea Gold!

By |2019-08-12T08:57:57+00:00August 9th, 2017|Wildlife|0 Comments

When previous Chelsea Gold Medal winning garden designer Gary Breeze needed wildlife gardening experts to design the planting for his 2017 Chelsea garden, he looked no further than Wild Ponds and our sister company Natural Gardens. His instinct was rewarded by the judges with a prestigious Gold Medal, with TV presenter Monty Don praising the [...]

10 10, 2016

Autumn – the best time of year to clean out your wildlife pond

By |2016-10-10T18:22:42+00:00October 10th, 2016|Maintenance, Q&A|0 Comments

Autumn is the season for serious pond maintenance. It's an excellent time of year to remove surplus growth from the previous summer, before the vegetation has a chance to die back and rot down into the pond. This clearout has two main advantages; firstly it removes excessive nutrients, essential for keeping the water clear; and [...]

10 08, 2016

Installing a wildlife pond

By |2019-08-12T07:48:20+00:00August 10th, 2016|Pond Building|0 Comments

At Wild Ponds we take great care in creating and installing our ponds, so that they look as natural as possible for you. Once the outline has been marked out, the pond is dug to our exacting standards, based on these guidelines for its profile. We then make sure the edges are true, using a laser level for [...]

9 08, 2016

How deep should my wildlife pond be?

By |2016-08-09T19:10:16+00:00August 9th, 2016|Pond Building, Q&A|0 Comments

This depends partly on the size of the pond, but a minimum depth of 75 cm (two and a half feet) in the deepest part will give the pond everything it needs. Most of the wildlife usually lives in the top 30cm (one foot) although in the depths of winter the deeper parts can provide an [...]