Where to place a pond. Plants and fish swimming in a shaded pond.

While installing a pond is a somewhat easy home improvement for DIYers thanks to garden pond kits, knowing where to place a pond requires research before you begin. Read our four steps to help you find your perfect pond location.

1. Where to place a pond: What is your pond’s purpose?

Do you want to create a garden centrepiece? A calming escape? Or a haven for local wildlife? Start by identifying why you want a pond, what you want to gain from it, and how it will work within your garden structure. We recommend setting aside an hour or two with a notepad and sitting in various parts of your garden. This is a great way to explore the best space for your pond’s purpose. Consider your pond’s access to sunlight throughout the day, any plants or fish you might want it to have and whether it can be connected to structural necessities such as piping or electricity. Make notes, sketches and objectives as you go.

Remember that your pond should get sun in the morning and shade in the afternoon so that it soaks up sunshine without overheating, yet retains warmth. Direct sunlight at the hottest part of the day can result in sunburnt fish, scorched plants and faster pond degradation.

2. Can your pond access essential running needs?

Position your pond so it can easily hook up to an electricity point (a quality filtration system means a long-lasting, good-looking pond) and its plumbing can run effectively. You will also need to dig out an area for pipework and the filtration system. This is more difficult if you want a sunken or ground-level pond. For ease, consider a raised pond such as our square raised garden pond. And to cover even the trickiest of gardens, we have plenty of ponds kits with solar powered pond pumps too.

Try to avoid unnecessary water loss by locating your pond in a sheltered area or making additional shelter. You will save money on water, electricity and pond maintenance.

3. Where will your pond be visible from?

You’ve decided on your pond’s purpose and where is best for this. Now, think about how it will look from different points of your property. To help envisage this, create a temporary pond by marking out its place with flour, chalk or tape. Get a sense of its height and shape by placing boxes, chairs or other items in your marked-out area.

Once completed, walk around your garden and sit by your “pond” to get a sense of how it will look and feel. Sit and stand by different windows in your home to see if you’ll be happy with the view. Test alternative pond locations, shapes, heights and angles, and leave a favourite position for a few days to help you decide. You may be surprised by what works best in your space.

It’s worth noting that tree roots can cause structural damage to your pond, especially larger species and those that continue growing. Leaves from deciduous species can also block filters and rot. Consider if you have the time and resources to regularly clean and maintain a pond near trees, shrubs and tall plants that drop their leaves annually.

4. Safety considerations when choosing where to place a pond

Ideally, your pond will be at a height that cannot be jumped or fallen into easily. If you plan on having a sunken or low-level pond, ensure there are barriers in place or it is in a fenced-off area with a gate to protect children and pets.

You can also keep the local wildlife safe by using stone, rocks or decorative alternatives to create “steps” inside your pond. This allows any animals that enter can easily climb out.

Ensure your pond is child and pet-safe regardless of your circumstance (or that it can be easily adapted). Estate agents often value family-friendly homes higher.

Got an idea of where to place a pond? Explore our garden pond kits to get started on your new garden feature.