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Hi all, thought I would make an effort towards the waterfall project so I have started painting the fence with wood treatment. Hubby has gone to start on the frame which will hold the pond. I’m hoping there will be enough room in the frame to do some planting. The intention is to put the pond in the frame then add layers of rubble, sand and soil to support the weight of the water. It will be sitting on concrete so I am a bit concerned about drainage.
I thought you might like to see the inspiration for the waterfall project so I have included a photo of the solar whisky barrel water feature that I bought on ebay for £25. It was a great bargain although it does only work in full sunlight. I liked it so much I started looking for something a bit bigger although I did not foresee a waterfall at that time.

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This looks familier in about 2003 we put my mother in law a very similar feature together. I also the summer before helped my wife's auntie/partner to erect one.

Two things to remember get a pipe for the cable in early.
Also the feed for the water from reservoir to top pool needs to be planned. We found a drain pipe usefull.

Also in the one we built for mother in law we sunk the reservoir below gound level, then buil frame using breeze blocks and dry/sand cement. It is crucial to get the levels right, so take time here.

I have a few shots of the project somewhere, Ill see if I can find them.

1 Sep, 2009


Thanks for your comment - all help gratefully received! We haven't got electricty in the yard yet although hubby tells me he 'knows a man who can' who will come and give us a quote.We've looked at pumps and I think a 6000 would have enough power to pump a decent flow. It will be approx 4 feet from the pool to the top of the waterfall. We would have liked to sink the pond but it is not possible as there are pipes and drains directly under where the pond will sit hence the raised pond idea. I think once it all goes together it will be nice to sit out in summer by the pond and listen to the waterfall.
I'd be very interested to see your photos if you manage to find them. I like your drainpipe idea. Do you know if you can get a splitter for a pump so it would flow in two directions?

1 Sep, 2009


Sounds very complicated? I was wondering if you plan to light it?

1 Sep, 2009


Oh yes! Hubby wants lights around the edge of the raised pond frame and possibly somewhere amongst the waterfall. Not too sure how to get electricity to it so I have been researching on the internet. As for the fence painting - rain stopped play!

1 Sep, 2009


I'm really looking forward to seeing how it all progresses. Its exciting to have a project, and one thing leads to another, so you will be wanting all kinds of plants to compliment it. Good luck, and keep us all posted.

1 Sep, 2009


Oooh lovely...I love water features! Always wanted a waterfall myself...well jealous! Look forward to seeing pics of finished falls!

1 Sep, 2009


And you're off and running!! Looking forward to more, more, more!!

12 Sep, 2009

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