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    I put a pond in the back garden and with the left over liner put one in at the plot - I'd already had frogs take over a couple of 2 bowls I'd half buried up there. This was second summer for the pomd at the plot - it had frogs and 3 newts - they were my newts...

    Anyhow - I think there is also a fish in there - either dropped in by a(n) heron who'd got things round the wrong way or perhaps it came in on the roots of pond-plants I'd been gifted. I'm building a log pile with hidy-holes next to the pond for some overwintering accomodation opportunities.
    Its about 3 foot deep in the middle - not much more in circumferance but shouldn't freeze over...
    Summat to look at / do over winter...
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    I have a pond on the lotty made with a sheet of pond liner (you also need a protective under-liner). It's about two foot deep and 6ft long by 3ft wide with a log and brick frogitat to the side. Plenty of oxygenating plants, pond snails and shallow areas and ramps to avoid drowning wild life which it does attract. No newts sadly but the frogs soon found it.
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    i have a natural pond on mine, its great in spring watching the newts frogs etc. however it dries up in hot summers. but i dig out all the silt, dead leaves etc and put it on the garden. so i suppose its a win win
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    My only concern would be making sure that little'uns from different plots ( unsupervised) might have access to it?
    Is the plot fenced off?
    If not I would urge you to make it inaccessible to the little people. You'd never forgive yourself if one of them wandered off and ended up in it upsidedown

    We used to have a corner bath on our first plot.
    Burried up to the rim and the plug hole sealed with silicone.
    We left the overflow open with a bit of cloth shoved in to stop soil washing into the pond .

    Several big branches for frogs to climb out and a shallow bit and a ramp for hedgehogs to be able to climb out.
    Surrounded by large stones and a woodpile and plants we found many toads taking up residence
    Newts too!

    I think it's a wonderful idea ...just make sure it's safe for kiddies and wildlife

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chestnut View Post
    I inherited a concrete pond with my allotment. Please do not follow my predecessors example!
    It is a cube shaped hole, built from 6 inch thick poured concrete, so no shallow areas and no way for creatures to get out if they fall in.

    We keep it covered with some firm wire mesh for safety reasons, and are trying to pluck up the courage to dig it out , or find another use for it (maybe one of those sunken greenhouses??)

    Plastic liners, with shallow areas and oxygenating plants, dragonfiles and G+T (will you have room for a bench?) sounds much more appealing
    Chestnut, could you fill the bottom with large pebbles or, better still, make some sort of cage out of chicken wire with one sloping side and bung that in your pond? The sloping side would provide purchase and a slope for creatures to climb out.
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    Dragon and damselflies like long leaves that hang over the water for them to breed, that's worth keeping in mind.. so all irises are good for example.
    I have floating salvinia natans in my pond and it's been very successful, and prettier than duckweed - happy to send some out if you message me for address and send me a stamped padded envelope

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