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Lake Renovation




Ponds Lakes and Natural Swimming Ponds

At our professional pond and lake construction company,

we specialise in providing custom pond design, domestic and

commercial pond installation, lake excavation, and artificial

lake building services to transform your outdoor space into a

serene oasis.

Our team of experienced lake and pond builders are experts

in natural pond construction, lake bank stabilisation, and

eco-friendly pond and lake solutions. We are dedicated to

delivering high-quality lake water quality management and

pond maintenance services, ensuring the health and beauty

of your aquatic environment. Whether you're looking for a

garden pond, koi pond, or a full-scale lake renovation,

our skilled team is committed to exceeding your expectations

and enhancing your property's aesthetic appeal.


Contact us today to explore the possibilities for your dream water feature.

From a blank canvass, with leading knowledge and

experience we will make a design that will be

strikingly beautiful, easy to manage long term.

We work out a planting plan before construction takes

place in order to have an abundance of different

species of plants.

We have access to all the latest excavation

technologies including laser guidance for getting

the water levels and planting shelves perfect.

Commissioning of a lake is an excellent way to

promote all levels of wildlife, having a healthy body

of water will promote more flowers in the local area

as water invertebrates are extremely efficient pollinators.


We use a multitude of techniques for lining lakes including ancient methods, clay impregnated liners, butyl liners, concrete and fibreglass. We will suggest the method we think is best for the site.


Dredging, re profiling banks, planting, we also have access to an amphibious excavator for trickier bodies of water. We have renovated lakes on private estates and for various different councils.


Below is an excerpt from a book I am currently writing called Natural Ponds and Swimming Ponds. 

Ponds and Swimming Ponds

Wild swimming in a pond is a magical and exhilarating experience that allows you to connect with nature in a unique and special way. There's something truly liberating about jumping into a cool, clear body of water surrounded by the beauty of the natural world.

As you float on your back, you can gaze up at the sky and feel a sense of complete freedom and contentment. The stillness of the pond, interrupted only by the sounds of birds and other wildlife, creates a sense of peace that can be hard to find in our busy, modern lives.

Swimming in a pond also offers a chance to explore a hidden world beneath the surface. You may be surprised by the diverse array of creatures that call the pond home, from small fish and snails to colourful dragonflies and even the occasional frog.

Wild swimming in a pond can be a solitary experience or one shared with friends or loved ones. Either way, it's a chance to create unforgettable memories and connect with the natural world in a profound and meaningful way.

In short, wild swimming in a pond is a joyous, invigorating and unforgettable experience that reminds us of the beauty and wonder of the natural world.

A well-built, well thought out pond radiates beauty in all its forms including the cold winters night, where mist rises gently off the surface of the water, there’s something undeniably enchanting about stars reflecting on the surface of a pond. It's as if the sky and the water have merged to create a beautiful, otherworldly scene that captures the imagination and touches the soul.

As you gaze out over the pond, the stars twinkle above like diamonds in the sky, their light dancing and shimmering on the calm, still water below. The reflection is a mirror image of the night sky, creating a sense of endlessness and infinity that is both awe-inspiring and humbling.

The stillness of the pond adds to the magic of the moment, as if the world has slowed down and time has stood still. It's a peaceful and serene scene that can transport you to another world, far away from the noise and distractions of everyday life.

The stars reflecting on the surface of the pond are a reminder of the beauty and wonder of the universe, and of the small but significant place we occupy within it. They inspire us to dream, to wonder, and to seek out the magic that is all around us, waiting to be discovered.

The  stars reflecting on the surface of a pond are a breath taking and unforgettable sight that fills us with a sense of wonder and awe, and reminds us of the infinite beauty and mystery of the cosmos.

As sentient humans we are able to give birth to nature by creating ponds and lakes. More pollinating invertebrates are attracted to healthy ponds which in turn creates more flowers in ones garden,

The flowers that grow around ponds are some of the most beautiful and enchanting in the natural world. Their vibrant colours and unique shapes add a touch of magic to the landscape, creating a scene of serenity and tranquillity that can soothe the soul.

In the spring, delicate pink and white cherry blossoms and dogwood trees come into bloom, their petals creating a soft, romantic atmosphere around the pond. As the weather gets warmer, bright yellow daffodils and tulips pop up, adding a cheerful burst of colour to the scene.

In the summer, water lilies take centre stage, their delicate pink and white blooms floating on the surface of the water, creating a scene of ethereal beauty that is truly unforgettable. Other flowers that appear around ponds in the summer include forget-me-nots, irises, and daylilies, their vibrant colours and unique shapes adding to the magical atmosphere.

In the autumn, the leaves of trees surrounding the pond turn golden and red, casting a colourful reflection on the water. Chrysanthemums, asters, and goldenrods also come into bloom, adding a touch of warmth and cosiness to the scene.

The flowers around ponds are not just beautiful to look at, but they also serve an important role in the ecosystem, providing a source of food and shelter for many creatures that call the pond home.

The different flowers that appear around ponds are a spectacular display of nature's beauty and diversity. They add colour, texture, and fragrance to the landscape, creating a scene that is both magical and serene reminding us of the wonder magic and joy of the natural world.

The weeping willow gently touches the surface of the water, strong limbs able to withstand brutal gales but the tips of the branches create fragile bridges on the surface of rivers and lakes, almost like a gentle offering from a benevolent Greek god capable of power but in awe of the beauty of the seeds of nature. Demeter caressing the surface of the spring water as she waits for her daughter Persephone to return


The design and build of some of the finest ornamental ponds in the world, all types of ponds from natural to Koi. We have built hundreds.

Waterfalls, fountains, water courses etc.


Thorough understanding of modern filtration, critical analysis of new products to ensure the filtration systems we install are well thought out for the particular pond we are working on.


Re lining, re profiling, renovation of grade listed ponds.

Koi Ponds

Koi ponds are a beautiful and enchanting addition to any outdoor space. These ponds, filled with colorful and graceful koi fish, can create a sense of tranquility and peace, and provide a calming oasis in a busy world. But there is more to koi ponds than just their beauty. Here are some of the magical aspects of koi ponds:

  1. Symbolism: In Japanese culture, koi fish are seen as symbols of good fortune, prosperity, and perseverance. Having a koi pond in your garden can help to bring these positive qualities into your life, and can serve as a reminder of the importance of resilience and determination.

  2. Relaxation: Watching koi fish swim in a pond can be incredibly relaxing and calming. The gentle movement of the water, the sound of the fountain, and the vibrant colours of the fish can all create a sense of tranquillity and peace, and help to reduce stress and anxiety.

  3. Connection to nature: Koi ponds can help to connect us to the natural world, and remind us of the beauty and wonder of the outdoors. They can also provide a home for other aquatic creatures, such as frogs, dragonflies, and water lilies, creating a vibrant and diverse ecosystem in your backyard.

  4. Creativity: Koi ponds can be a creative outlet, allowing you to design and build a unique and beautiful outdoor space. From the shape and size of the pond to the design of the surrounding landscaping, a koi pond can be a canvas for your creativity and imagination.

  5. Education: Koi ponds can be educational, particularly for children. They can teach them about aquatic life, the importance of water conservation, and the interconnectedness of all living things. They can also help to foster a love and appreciation for the natural world.

Overall, koi ponds are more than just a beautiful addition to your backyard. They can bring a sense of magic and wonder into your life, and serve as a reminder of the importance of nature, creativity, and perseverance.


So you have decided to build a pond –

You need to select a suitable space for it and remember that small tree you’re looking at may someday be a mighty oak trying to stick its gnarly roots into your liner…

My company Universal Aqua specialises in the construction of all types of ponds, I’ll lay out most of the different types of ponds found from lakes, koi ponds, natural ponds and large ponds.

Natural Ponds

Small natural ponds are bodies of water that are created and maintained by natural processes, such as rainfall, runoff, and groundwater flow. These ponds can be found in a variety of settings, including forests, meadows, and wetlands, and are often home to a diverse range of plant and animal life.

Small natural ponds can provide a variety of benefits, both ecological and aesthetic. They can serve as habitats for aquatic plants and animals, provide a source of water for wildlife, and help to filter and clean runoff water. They can also enhance the aesthetic appeal of a natural area, providing a tranquil and serene setting for visitors to enjoy.  

However, small natural ponds can also face a number of challenges, such as pollution, erosion, and invasive species. To help preserve these valuable ecosystems, it is important to take steps to protect and maintain them. This can include practices such as minimising the use of chemicals in nearby areas, promoting healthy vegetation around the pond, and preventing the introduction of non-native species.

Small natural ponds are important and valuable components of natural ecosystems, and efforts to protect and maintain them can help to promote healthy and sustainable environments for generations to come.

So technically speaking if we were to be pedantic a natural pond literaly forms naturally and thus he concept of even sticking a spade in the ground to force one to happen would by definition be manmade and therefore not natural.

Natural ponds want to become land, if we did not meddle with a natural pond it would eventually silt up and become a marsh, the marsh would then become land and the water that fed it would go somewhere else and create another natural pond further down.

So now we have defined a natural pond – a lot of our clients wish to build something as close to looking as natural as possible.

Creating a natural looking pond in the garden

Success is determined by prior preparation in most things in life but it is especially true with a pond.

before embarking on a pond-building project, there are several factors that should be taken into consideration to ensure that the project is successful and sustainable. Here are some things to consider before building a garden pond:

  1. Location: The location of the pond is critical to its success. Consider factors such as sun exposure, drainage, and proximity to trees or other vegetation that could cause problems with debris or root systems. one of the most important factors to consider is the location. Choosing the right location for your pond can have a big impact on its success and can help to ensure that it is a beautiful and enjoyable addition to your outdoor space. Here are some tips for choosing the best place to locate your garden pond:

Consider sun exposure: Most aquatic plants require at least six hours of direct sunlight per day to thrive. When choosing a location for your pond, consider factors such as the amount of sunlight that the area receives, and the direction of the sun throughout the day. Avoid placing the pond in areas that are heavily shaded or that receive too much direct sunlight or you will end up with a pea green pond.

Choose a level area: To ensure that your pond is stable and safe, it is important to choose a level area that is free from any slopes or uneven terrain. This will also help to prevent erosion and ensure that the water is evenly distributed throughout the pond.

Check for drainage: It is important to ensure that the area where you plan to locate your pond has good drainage. This will help to prevent water from pooling and causing problems with flooding or soil erosion.

Consider proximity to trees: Trees and other vegetation can provide a beautiful backdrop for your pond, but they can also cause problems with debris, root systems, and shading. When choosing a location for your pond, consider the proximity of any trees or other vegetation that could cause problems.

Think about the view: A garden pond can be a beautiful and relaxing addition to your outdoor space, so it is important to choose a location that provides a good view. Consider factors such as the placement of the pond in relation to your home, garden, or other outdoor areas.


  1. Size: The size of the pond should be appropriate for the space and the intended use. A pond that is too small may be difficult to maintain, while a pond that is too large could overwhelm the area and require a lot of upkeep.

  2. Design: The design of the pond should be aesthetically pleasing and functional. Consider features such as waterfalls, fountains, and rock formations that can enhance the beauty of the pond while also providing a habitat for aquatic plants and animals.

  3. Materials: The materials used to construct the pond should be durable and appropriate for the environment. Consider factors such as climate, soil type, and water quality when choosing materials.

  4. Maintenance: The pond will require regular maintenance to ensure its health and longevity. Consider factors such as filtration, aeration, and the use of appropriate chemicals or natural treatments to keep the water clean and healthy.

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