Ponds, Lakes & Water Gardens

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

Natural pond construction
Natural pond design

Many ponds that are described as "natural" are, in fact, man-made ponds - the description being applied to the way a pond sits 'naturally' in the landscape or, to put it another way, the pond looks ‘right’.Water, sunlight and leaves

The use of natural materials to build a pond, for instance a pond with a puddled clay base or a pond excavated in an naturally wet area with a high water table, might also attract the term "natural pond".

In the South of England, where we build natural ponds, there are very few truly natural ponds (or lakes for that matter).

It gives us enormous pleasure to be able to design and build a pond that sits ‘naturally’ in the landscape. We always feel that the description of a man-made pond as ‘natural’ is a tremendous compliment to the creator.

Natural pond planting, repair and maintenance

A natural pond requires looking after just as much as any other pond to keep it in good condition - left to its own devices, the ecosystem in the pond will, over time, slowly degrade.


Puddled clay. A method of creating a waterproof lining by manipulation of natural clay. Most of the canals in the UK were built using this method of construction by "navvies" (navigators) at a rate of pay equivalent to 150% of the ordinary labourer as the work was so very demanding.