This project was challenging in that it was within an established but relaxed formal garden and its position was highly visible from the house and drive.
The area for the pond was an odd shape, mostly triangular bounded by established formal clipped Thuja and Yew hedges with archways through to other areas of the garden. The area was lawned but sloped considerable away from the house and had a bank or ridge running across the middle.
The brief was for a simple pond to attract wildlife, be attractive and blend with the setting.
The only regular formal shape to fit the truncated triangular area was a circle and this was the starting point for the design. Research back then, before the internet was a much slower process of telephone calls and brochures sent in the post. Haddonstone had the perfect solution, an 8m diameter ornamental pond surround with “egg and dart” detail mounted on simple kerbs all in a Bath stone colour. The centre piece, a fountain had to be sizable to match the scale of the pond and fortunately Haddonstone had an extra-large “Lotus Bowl” which we married with three Dolphin fountain features. Levels were critical to get the pond to “sit” within the garden and marry with existing lawns. A cut and fill operation achieved this with curved retaining walls and steps linking the area with existing gravel paths on the upper level. Planting of the slopes behind the retaining walls helped soften the change in levels and added more interest. Two extensions of the surrounding segmented paving formed positions for seats and helped give another axis to the layout, the crescent of lavender planting interspersed with red geraniums around the far edge of the paving underlined the feature. As the images show the pond has weathered very well and has brought the owner a great deal of pleasure.