COLIN & SARAH'S A-Z of BUILDING A RAISED POND WITH NEW OAK RAILWAY SLEEPERS
I rang around and received some quotes from different pond companies which ended up being around £6000. Although I had waited for 15 years to be allowed (!) a pond I decided it was too much. My plan B was for me to dig out my own pond, however living on a old brickyard meant I kept finding lots of rubble and sharp glass! So it was on to Google for plan C, to build my own above ground pond with railway sleepers. We went to Railwaysleepers.com and ordered 24 no 2.4m x 0.2m x 0.1m new oak hardwood railway sleepers and a lot of Timberlok screws! The pictures tell the story of how I started with a concrete foundation with threaded bars sticking out to secure the first layer of sleepers and then digging 0.5m down and put kingspan in the bottom to protect the pond liner. Then on to building up the 0.8m high pond and constructing a box behind for the pump and electrics. The end result as shown was a lot of hard work but saved us loads of money from the original quotes.
Colin & Sarah
RAILWAY SLEEPERS USED:
New untreated oak railway sleepers
2400mm x 200mm x 100mm
Hats off to you for creating an excellent raised pond that you have impeccably documented with a fine collection of photos that show every stage of the build, including even the delivery of the railway sleepers. All in all, a wonderful achievement, and an impressive and attractive water feature that has saved you thousands of pounds!