Ponds, Lakes & Water Gardens

working with water in Surrey, West Sussex and Hampshire since 1980

Waterfall construction
Waterfall design
Waterfall repair

Cascade construction, design and repair

Trickling or rushing; urban chic, rustic or natural; noisy or quiet; a waterfall or cascade is always a focal point. Sensitive and appropriate integration of a waterfall or cascade into any garden or water garden always provides a visual "treat".

The key phrase in the last sentence is "sensitive and appropriate"; we have seen and continue to see numerous examples where the waterfall or cascade appears strikingly out of place or simply "plonked" onto the landscape rather than integrated and embedded into the landscape. The choice of site and the materials used in construction are both important components of good waterfall design whether the waterfall is to be made as a stand-alone feature or as part of a stream or water garden.

We design, build and repair waterfalls and cascades in Surrey, West Sussex and Hampshire.

Types of waterfalls

Cascade: Water descends a series of rock steps.
Cataract: A large, powerful waterfall.
Fan: Water spreads horizontally as it descends while remaining in contact with bedrock.
Horsetail: Descending water maintains some contact with bedrock.
Plunge: Water descends vertically, losing contact with the bedrock surface.
Punchbowl: Water descends in a constricted form and then spreads out in a wider pool.
Segmented: Distinctly separate flows of water form as it descends.
Tiered: Water drops in a series of distinct steps or falls.
Multi-step: A series of waterfalls one after another of roughly the same size each with its own sunken plunge pool.

Waterfall definitions from: http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Waterfall&oldid=270424812 (Jan. 02, 2010).