in your Garden
Enhancing your garden:
If you have
concerns about the safety of small children around ponds there are steps
you can take to make a pond safe but so that it is still beneficial to
These measures only need to be temporary, whilst children are still
small. Once they're older, barriers can be removed, promoting the
pond as a place for enjoying and learning about the natural world.
A fence with a lockable gate is a very effective barrier. The fence
should be at least 1.1m high and made of strong wood, unclimbable
grating or vertical railings no more than 10cm apart. A small gap
between the ground and the fence will mean animals can still access the
A rigid mesh or grille installed over the water provides a secure cover.
The grille should remain above the surface of the water and be able to
easily support the weight of a child. You can even make a feature of it
by installing a creatively designed cover.
The design of your pond can also help - the gently sloping sides that
are so beneficial to wildlife also make it easy for people to get our
should they fall in.
Education and awareness
These are just as important as physical barriers in helping children
stay safe. Young children should never be left unsupervised near any
large container holding water, including large garden pots, paddling
pools and ponds, and slightly older children should be encouraged to