Ideas to consider with bespoke pond liner orders

Bespoke pond liner orders for vertical sided ponds of all shapes and designs for that formal classic look. 

Formal ponds take inspiration from classic architecture. They are built to a symmetrical design where perfectly straight or arched lines are used to create the shape. Designs typically include square, rectangular and circular sides – or a combination of these to create an ornate design. Hexagonal formal ponds are less common but lends itself to a uniquely designed garden feature. Whether a formal pond is built at ground-level or raised above and supported by a retaining wall, the symmetrical shape is made water-tight by lining it with a protective underlay and pond liner.

To achieve the perfect formal look a bespoke pond liner is fabricated to fit perfectly to the shape of the pond. Vulcanised from either Butyl or Epalyn (EPDM) rubber pond liner to the exact size and shape of the pond so that when installed it ‘fits like a glove’ with no folds or creases to distract from the formal, precise shape of the design. 


The edges of a formal pond are clearly defined using materials such as brick. flagstone or tiled. Edging material also serves to secure the box-welded pond liner in place. 


Siting and building a formal garden pond

A formal pond needs to be sited where it is going to create the greatest visual impact and where it is going to complement the surrounding landscape. Ideally this should be in a position where it will become the focal point of the surrounding landscape. A common place is at the end of a patio or the centre of the garden. Sited so that it reflects the dramatic changes of the sky above or that of the surrounding landscape. They suit more traditional European style gardens but work equally well in modern home designs.

Formal ponds can either be set in the ground, partially or completely raised above ground level. Partially raised is a better option if keeping fish because water is more likely to be kept at a stable temperature particularly during the winter months. Raised ponds are inhospitable to amphibians so ideal if you want to keep fish or unique aquatic plants.

When building a raised pond ensure the walls will support the volume of water. Use concrete blocks for the inner wall and planting shelves.

Many regular shaped ponds include a fountain or a statue. To include a heavy stone fountain, it may be necessary to build a concrete footing in the base of the excavation to support the weight of the fountain before installing the pond liner. Planting too many aquatic plants should be avoided because this will distract from the formal design. The beauty of a formal pond creates interest through the reflection off the water so over-planting will take that feature away.

When ordering a bespoke pond liner – also known as a box-welded pond liner, ensure that exact measurements are taken of your perfectly geometric shaped pond. The pond liner is generally fabricated from Butyl or Epalyn for the following reasons:

  • Moulds readily to the pond contours
  • Premium quality pond liner 
  • Withstands extreme weather conditions without any compromise to the integrity of the pond liner
  • Safe for all fish and aquatic plant life
  • Factory seamed to create a box-welded pond liner without creases and folds 

Feeling inspired? if you are, contact Liners Online to order a bespoke pond liner and for any additional advise you may be searching for with regards to the build and installation.