Feature in own right; Enhance other features (rock gardens); Water brings sound and light reflection into the garden; Provides for growing aquatic plants or keeping fish.

Materials: Natural: Pond building/puddling clay; Water courses/natural stone, pebbles, boulders.

Man Made: Butyl rubber, plastic, fibre glass, concrete blocks and bricks.

Hazards and Risks: Drowning; Use safe water features, e.g., bubble fountain; Grille in water; Have in clear sight, not hidden; Electrocution; Have any pumps/lights professionally installed (Part P Planning Act); Be careful when using electrical equipment close to water, e.g., dropping hedge cutter in pool.