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Child friendly garden water feature - a small garden stream and spring.


A young family and ponds or water features in a garden can be a disaster waiting to happen. However with a little thought its possible to include a water feature in a child friendly garden and enhance the experience of the garden from a child's point of view. Over the years the GardenAdvice team have developed two child safe types of water features which have the added advantage of attracting wildlife and adding another dimension to your garden. Here the GardenAdvice team show you how to build a child friendly stream and spring water feature.


The spring

The simplest of ideas the spring is a hole dug in the ground, lined with a butyl liner you may be able to buy an off cut from your local fish and pond centre an off cut available from your local fish and pond center, into this is placed a garden water feature pump and then the area is back filled with 10mm clean gravel.

The water is pumped through a number of different interchangeable fountain heads and is recycled back through the gravel, The gravel acts as a filter and allows safe access by children to the foundation head.

A garden spring feature also has the added advantage of creating a micro climate for plants such as ferns and other plants that require a higher than normal air moisture content. With help constructing your own stream in your garden sign up for our MyGardenTeam service which will take you every step of the way Click Here for more details


The stream

Similar to the spring in construction but with the addition of a small stream section. Created by firstly digging a shallow sloping channel in your garden and lining with a butyl liner by adding rocks and loose sand and gravel it is  possible to create a natural looking stream. The water is pumped to the head of the stream feature from a sump similar to the one constructed for the spring water feature at the base of the stream.

A great garden feature for children, if you have ever as a child played Poo-sticks or made paper boats and raced them in a small stream then this will give you some idea just how much fun this feature can provide to children.

Again a stream can be used to create a micro climate for different plants. It is possible to create pockets of moist earth at the side of the stream for moisture loving plants such as Caltha and Rheum and extending the interest in your garden.


One Day Gardening Course in your own garden or a GardenAdvice venue     Our one day gardening courses are run in your own garden or at a GardenAdvice venue by one of our gardening experts teaching you about your own garden and how to develop is making it more colourful and easier to maintain. Our courses are tailored to the requirements of the individual and come in three basic formats - New to gardening, Growing your own fruit and vegetables and wildlife gardening. Our one day gardening courses also come with a years membership to our MyGardenTeam service to support you for 12 months All the GardenAdvice one day gardening courses include a years membership to our MyGardenTeam team service included in the course cost which provides you with ongoing advice and assistance in your garden from the GardenAdvice expert gardeners. For further details  click here