Give a Frog a Home this Christmas

by Gardenandgreen.co.uk in Durham, England, United Kingdom

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To send out preformed garden ponds to help restore the number of freshwater ponds in Britain.

by Gardenandgreen.co.uk in Durham, England, United Kingdom

Gardenandgreen.co.uk is a website that has been around since 2007. It has articles, interviews etc about gardening, nature and greener living. I have a degree in Environmental Management from the 1990s! This year I've been selling ponds, they are preformed and so easy to install, you just need a small garden, and then just dig a relevant sized hole and add the pond. Once in position, it can be left to fill with rainwater over the winter, ready for spring. Then add some native aquatic plants around the edges, and in the pond. Suddenly, you have a small freshwater habitat in your garden! 

Adding a pond is one of the best things you can do to make your garden 'wildlife friendly'. It can attract a range of aquatic insects, frogs, toads, newts, and also birds will visit to drink from it. (water can often be hard to find in urban environments for birds). Pond numbers have declined 50% over the last century in Britain due to urbanisation, intensive farming etc. Your little pond will help reverse the trend. 

The surface area of the ponds I've sold so far this year, already is equivalent to a small lake. I thought I would set up a crowdfunder to help boost the size even more.

  • The RSPB Annual Big Garden Birdwatch recorded that frogs were seen in 7% fewer gardens in the 2018 than in the 2014 survey, and toads were seen in 8% fewer gardens in the 2018 survey than in the 2014 survey.
  • 50% of UK ponds were destroyed in the 20th Century. - Freshwater Habitats Trust
  • Frogs and toads both eat slugs, making them a great organic method of pest control, to help protect your garden plants and vegetables from damage.

The ponds are preformed and made from molded black recycled plastic.

Dimensions;

SMALL

  • Length: 85cm
  • Width: 62cm
  • Depth: 29cm
  • Max Pond Size - 85 litres

MEDIUM

  • Length: 124cm
  • Width: 80cm
  • Depth: 34cm
  • Max Pond Size - 200 litres

LARGE

  • Length: 163cm
  • Width: 122cm
  • Depth: 37cm
  • Max Pond Size - 420 litres

If you don't have a garden, or live outside the UK, but like the idea of increasing the number of ponds in Britain, for Mr Toad and friends, you are welcome to order a pond, and let me know and I will offer them to allotment groups / garden clubs / community gardens and community orchards etc. (You can also send whatever you want if you don't want to pay for a whole pond, this amount will then be used to buy ponds, eg. If 48 people gave £1, I would then use this to give a medium pond to a community garden).

Native aquatic plants for your pond.

FLOATING - Water lily, common water-crowfoot, frogbit. 

POND EDGES - Marsh marigold, globeflower, pillwort, brooklime, watermint, lesser spearwort, water forgot-me-not. 

SUBMERGED - Water violet, rigid hornwort.

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£30 or more

Small preformed pond

You will be sent a small preformed pond to any UK (inc. N. Ireland) address. (delivery included)

£48 or more

Medium preformed pond

You will be sent a medium preformed pond to any UK (inc. N. Ireland) address. (delivery included)

£78 or more

Large preformed pond

You will be sent a large preformed pond to any UK (inc. N. Ireland) address. (delivery included)


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