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Spring Pond Clean

Pond Tips – Cleaning

March is not a bad time to do a pond clean if you can get it done before the frogs spawn. Signs your pond needs cleaning are green water, lots of duckweed and a big build-up of leaves on the bottom. If you do drain...

Ormiston, East Lothian pond work

Ormiston, East Lothian

Beautiful morning in Ormiston, East Lothian where we've been working for the local Countryside Ranger service. We have dug out a pond that was badly silted up and cleared out some of the trees to give better access from the Sustrans cyclepath.   [gallery link="file" captions="hide" columns="6"...

Gifford monk

Gifford Monk

This is a monk – not the fat jolly kind with the funny haircut but the concrete pond outlet kind. It is a very old design for an outlet structure and is so named because the abbeys were the first places to keep fish in...

Formal Pool

Pond Tips – Formal Pools

These photos illustrate some of the things not to do with a formal pool. If you are going to use a hard, consistent material like brick then see if you can soften it with some planting or at least some other material that breaks up...

Rebuilt pools at John Hope Gateway, Edinburgh

John Hope Gateway Pools

The John Hope Gateway pools at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh are filling up. The water in the top pools highlights the outlines and as it travels over the weirs it darkens the granite which gives an unusual and interesting effect. We would like to take the...

This light coloured slab provides a striking pond edge, designed by Carolyn Grohmann

Pond Tips – Edges

Pond edges are interesting places. If you are standing at one then there should be lots to see and lots to be interested in. If you are a designer or pond builder producing an infinity or meniscus pool then the edge needs to be level...