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A Pond in a Wildflower Garden.

Water should always be provided in a wildlife garden. A rainwater or gutter / roof fed garden pond is one great way of ensuring constant fresh water for wildlife.

Its best to have some of the pond in sunlight especially the shallow end.  A little shade is important for many species of pond dweller, but be careful how shade is provided.  Large trees should be planted well back from the edge to grow their branches to the pond.  While you are waiting for trees to grow, smaller shrub and herbaceous plant can fill the gap around the edges where shade is vital for wildlife.

The pond should have a deep end and a shallow end and a section for frogs that fish cannot get into.  If you have the prevailing site wind run along the length of the pond, all the better for air and water movement and the best is to have the prevailing wind flow over the shallow end first as it recycles silt and organic matter to the deeper end of the pond.

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Placing a fence or low hedge around the wider area of the pond is a safe and clean idea. Keep the barrier well back from the pond.  Plant or screen a fence to hide it.  Fences will keep rubbish out (Picket fencing is ideal).  A low hedge should be wildlife friendly.  If you want to see the pond from the house a hedge or barrier is not so suitable instead use a 'Haw haw' or ditch or create a very wet area or marsh garden so that children will find it difficult to get to the waters edge.

Planting

Planting is a personal choice, but there are a few guidelines:   Plant at least 25% native plants especially where hardy species are most need to control erosion and feed wildlife.

Plant bold groups of slow to grow plants and smaller groups of fast spreaders.  

Safety Note

Safety Note: Keep the sides of all ponds sloping gently to the water.  Steep sided ponds or reservoirs for water storage should be strongly fenced.  Grow honeysuckle, wild rose and Gorse along the fence and keep all gates locked.

Finish off the pond edges so that people, dogs and wild birds cannot damage them.  Rubber and plastic liners suffer damage from sunlight and should be covered by hay until the vegetation grows.

 

 

 

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