Lined ponds and lined lakes
To state the obvious: retaining water where it does not naturally sit requires a waterproof membrane of some
description. There are three main groups of materials used to keep water in artificial
ponds, lakes and water features, namely: natural products, e.g. clay; sheet materials, e.g. butyl pond liner; built materials, e.g.
sealed concrete and fibreglass. The choice of which type to use is dictated by the parameters of the
design allied to the visual appeal of the completed scheme.
It is always possible completely to disguise the material used for water retention. Over the last forty
plus years, we have developed cost-effective methods of lined
pond construction with all types of lining materials to create the required visual effect. For example, in 1990, in association with fabricators
(Russetts Developments Ltd.) we pioneered the now widely-trumpeted and further advanced practice of creating and
using fully tailored and shaped liner; enabling us, for instance, to repair a decaying, but meritorious,
Victorian concrete watercourse and pond without significant changes to its original appearance. We continue to push at the boundaries.
Our opinion: Never build a pond, lake or water feature using cheap materials.
Cheap pond liner, for instance, will not be long-lasting and will require replacing sooner rather than later. It is less expensive in the long
run to spend a bit more at the beginning in order to save a lot more later on. Or, to put it another way: "Only the rich can afford to buy
lined ponds and lakes in Surrey, West Sussex and Hampshire.
Design and planting of lined ponds and lakes
When building a lined pond or lake the lining is, of course, only
part of the picture; a great deal of attention must be given to design
aesthetics and planting whenever any sort of new pond build is contemplated - The lining of the pond or lake is
simply the means to an
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