There is some value to having ponds on an allotment. Not only can a pond be an attractive feature, with water-loving plants growing in it, but it can also attract wildlife such as dragonflies, bees and other insects.  Birds also need water, so will be attracted to come to drink from a pond. For any plotholder, perhaps the most advantageous animals that make ponds their home are frogs and newts. Frogs are especially helpful in eating common garden pests such as slugs and snails.

However, although we might all like a pond on our allotment plot, we must be mindful of the risks that water in a pond could present, especially to young children who may be present on the allotment site. This is particularly the case where a plot is next to a path or haulingway. For this reason careful thought must be given before any new pond is installed on a plot.

Ponds are not normally allowed on an allotment plot without prior approval. This is stated in your Tenancy Agreement. Tenants should consult their field rep before installing a pond on their plot and should proceed only with their agreement. Field Reps can bring any problems about this to the Committee.