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majestic lakes

Discover the beauty and serenity of our lakes, expertly designed to enhance the natural landscape and provide tranquil retreats. River.ODP specializes in creating stunning lake environments that offer relaxation and recreation. Explore our website to see how we bring nature’s beauty to life.

  • Natural Beauty
  • Recreational Opportunities
  • Environmental Sustainability
  • Customizable Designs

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Create Your Dream Garden Lake with River.ODP

Dreaming of a custom-designed lake in your garden? At River.ODP, we specialise in designing and constructing personalised lakes that seamlessly integrate into your garden space. Whether you desire a tranquil cove, a picturesque fish pond, or a modern recreational lake, our expertise and creativity will help bring your vision to life. Each project is unique and tailored to your individual needs, ensuring both aesthetic appeal and functionality while supporting local flora and fauna. Create your dream lake with us and transform your garden into an oasis of peace and beauty.

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Nature reserve

At River.ODP, we create beautiful, serene lakes that not only enhance your outdoor space but also serve as natural sanctuaries for local wildlife. Enjoy the tranquility and biodiversity that a custom lake can bring to your garden.

Beauty of water

The benefits and beauty of a lake on your property

Having a lake on your property offers a unique blend of aesthetic beauty and practical benefits, transforming your outdoor space into a serene and picturesque retreat. Here are some key advantages:

Enhancing Natural Beauty

  1. Scenic views: A well-designed lake adds a stunning focal point to your landscape, creating beautiful vistas and reflecting the surrounding natural beauty.


  2. Tranquil atmosphere: The presence of water brings a sense of peace and calm, providing a perfect setting for relaxation and contemplation.


  3. Attractive landscaping: Lakes can be complemented with lush vegetation, flowers, and decorative elements, enhancing the overall appeal of your property.

Environmental Benefits

  1. Wildlife Habitat: Lakes provide a sanctuary for various species of birds, fish, and other wildlife, promoting biodiversity and ecological balance.
  2. Water Management: Properly constructed lakes help manage storm water runoff, reducing the risk of flooding and soil erosion on your property.

Recreational Opportunities

  1. Outdoor Activities: A lake opens up numerous recreational possibilities, including fishing, boating, and swimming, offering endless enjoyment for you and your family.
  2. Entertainment Space: The lakeside can be an excellent location for social gatherings, picnics, and outdoor events, creating memorable experiences for your guests.

Property Value

  1. Increased Value: A lake can significantly boost your property’s market value, making it a desirable feature for potential buyers.
  2. Unique Selling Point: Properties with lakes are unique and often stand out in the real estate market, potentially providing a competitive edge.

Incorporating a lake into your property not only enhances its visual appeal but also brings numerous ecological, recreational, and economic benefits. It transforms your outdoor space into a beautiful, functional, and valuable asset that you can enjoy for years to come.

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Lake construction: The process

Creating a lake is a meticulous process that combines careful planning, adherence to legal and environmental regulations, and precise construction techniques. This guide outlines the essential steps and requirements for creating a beautiful and functional lake, from initial site assessment and design to construction and ongoing maintenance. Whether for recreation, wildlife habitat, or aesthetic enhancement, a well-designed and executed lake can transform your property into a serene and valuable landscape feature.

Planning and Design

1. Site Assessment: Evaluate the landscape, soil type, water sources, and drainage patterns.
2. Design: Create a detailed plan considering the lake's size, depth, shape, and intended use (recreation, wildlife habitat, etc.).

Legal and Regulatory Requirements

1. Permits: Obtain any necessary permission from your local authority. This may include environmental impact assessments and water use permits.
2. Zoning Laws: Ensure compliance with local zoning laws and land use regulations.
3. Environmental Regulations: Adhere to laws (where applicable) protecting wetlands, water quality, and wildlife habitats.

Construction Process

1. Excavation: Clear and excavate the site according to the design plan. Ensure proper grading for water flow and stability.
2. Lining: Install a liner if necessary to prevent water leakage. Options include clay, bentonite, or synthetic liners.
3. Inlet and Outlet Structures: Construct inlet and outlet structures to manage water flow and maintain lake levels. This includes spillways and drainage systems.
4. Filling: Fill the lake with water, (if practicable from natural sources, such as rainwater collection system).
5. Vegetation and Landscaping: Plant native vegetation around the lake to prevent erosion, enhance aesthetics, and support local wildlife.

Technical Requirements

1. Soil Testing: Conduct soil tests to ensure suitability for water retention and stability.
2. Hydrology Studies: Analyze water sources and flow patterns to ensure a sustainable water supply and prevent flooding.
3. Erosion Control: Implement measures to control erosion during and after construction, such as silt fences and sediment basins.

Maintenance and Monitoring

1. Regular Inspections: Inspect the lake and its structures regularly for signs of erosion, leakage, or other issues.
2. Water Quality Monitoring: Test water quality periodically to ensure it meets environmental standards and supports desired uses.
3. Wildlife Management: Monitor and manage wildlife populations to maintain a balanced ecosystem.

High quality installations across South UK

Garden Lakes for South East homeowners big gardens

At River.ODP, we pride ourselves on our professional installations and highly qualified builders. Based in Eastbourne, we serve the South East of England, including Kent, Surrey, West Sussex and East Sussex. Our expertise spans a wide range of gardens upgrades, from building new small garden ponds to big garden lakes, all executed to the highest standards.

For inspiration on your next home improvement project, explore some of our recently completed projects below.

Contact us today for a consultation and start your journey towards an energy-efficient, sound-reducing, and stylish addition to your home, built to last for years.

Ashford Bexhill on Sea Bognor Regis Brighton and Hove Burgess Hill Camberley Canterbury Caterham Chatham Chichester Cobham Crawley Crowborough Dartford Deal Dover East Grinstead Eastbourne Egham Epsom Esher Ewell Farnham Folkestone Frimley Gillingham Godalming Gravesend Guildford Hailsham Hastings Haywards Heath Herne Bay Horley Horsham Leatherhead Lewes Littlehampton Maidstone Margate Newhaven Northfleet Peacehaven Portslade by Sea Ramsgate Redhill Reigate Rochester Royal Tunbridge Wells Seaford Sevenoaks Shoreham by Sea Sittingbourne Staines Tonbridge Uckfield Walton-on-Thames Weybridge Whitstable Woking Worthing East Sussex West Sussex Surrey South East England

Maintenance of a large lake with fish

Key aspects


  • Regular Testing: Monitor water quality by testing for pH, oxygen levels, and pollutants. This helps maintain a suitable environment for fish and other aquatic life.
  • Aeration: Install aerators to keep water oxygenated, preventing fish mortality and promoting overall lake health.
  • Algae Control: Manage algae growth with appropriate treatments to prevent harmful blooms that can deplete oxygen levels.


  • Stocking: Stock the lake with native fish to maintain a balanced ecosystem. Choose species that are well-suited to the lake’s environment.
  • Health Monitoring: Inspect fish for signs of disease or stress. Remove any sick or dead fish promptly to prevent the spread of illness.
  • Feeding: Supplement natural food sources with high-quality fish feed, especially in lakes with high fish densities.


  • Aquatic Plants: Manage aquatic vegetation to prevent overgrowth, which can deplete oxygen and hinder recreational activities.
  • Shoreline Plants: Maintain healthy vegetation around the shoreline to prevent erosion and provide habitat for wildlife.


  • Erosion Prevention: Implement measures such as planting native grasses and installing barriers to prevent shoreline erosion.
  • Sediment Management: Regularly remove sediment buildup from the lake bottom to maintain depth and water quality.


  • Aerators and Pumps: Regularly check and maintain aeration systems, pumps, and other equipment to ensure they are functioning properly.
  • Infrastructure: Inspect and repair any structures such as docks, piers, and spillways to maintain safety and functionality.


  • Winter Care: In colder climates, ensure the lake doesn’t freeze completely by using aerators or de-icers to maintain open water areas for fish.
  • Summer Care: During hot months, monitor oxygen levels closely as warmer water holds less oxygen, which can impact fish respiration, and ultimately their survival.

Maintaining a large lake with fish involves consistent monitoring and proactive management to ensure a balanced and healthy ecosystem. With proper care, your lake can provide a beautiful and sustainable environment for fish and other wildlife, as well as a recreational sanctuary of peace and relaxation for you and your family.


Garden lakes can range from naturalistic designs that mimic natural ponds with irregular shapes and diverse plantings, to formal designs with structured edges and clear lines. They can include features such as islands, peninsulas, integrated waterfalls, and streams to enhance their visual appeal and ecological function.

The cost of building a garden lake varies depending on size, depth, materials, and additional features like waterfalls or planting schemes. On average, costs range from £10,000 to £50,000 or more for larger, complex projects. River.ODP provides detailed quotes to ensure your garden lake meets your design and budget needs.

Maintenance for garden lakes includes managing plant growth, checking water levels, removing debris, and ensuring water clarity. Installing proper filtration systems can significantly reduce maintenance. River.ODP offers maintenance packages to keep your garden lake in optimal condition year-round.

Garden lakes enhance aesthetic value, create tranquil focal points, provide habitats for wildlife, support biodiversity, and can improve the garden’s microclimate. They can also increase property value and offer recreational opportunities like boating or fishing.

Water in a garden lake can be kept clean using natural and mechanical filtration systems. Plants like water lilies and reeds absorb nutrients and provide natural filtration, while mechanical filters and aeration systems remove debris and maintain oxygen levels. Regular maintenance checks are essential.

Yes, garden lakes can be integrated with waterfalls, streams, and fountains, adding visual appeal and dynamic elements. River.ODP specializes in designing integrated water features that work harmoniously with your garden lake.

Garden lakes can be designed to be safe for pets and children with shallow edges, gradual slopes, and secure barriers. Supervision is always recommended. River.ODP can incorporate safety features into the design to ensure a safe environment for all family members.

Suitable plants include a mix of submerged, marginal, and floating plants such as water lilies, cattails, reeds, and irises. These plants help maintain water quality, provide habitat for wildlife, and enhance the natural look of the lake. River.ODP can recommend and supply the best plants for your lake environment .

Yes, garden lakes can be designed for swimming with high water quality and safe access points. Natural swimming ponds with proper filtration systems offer a chemical-free swimming experience. River.ODP can design swimming areas within your garden lake for a refreshing natural swimming option.

Building a garden lake involves planning and design, excavation, lining installation, planting, and filling with water. Additional features like filtration systems, waterfalls, or streams can be added during construction. River.ODP manages all aspects of the process, ensuring a seamless experience from initial consultation to final touches.

The depth of a garden lake depends on its purpose. Ornamental lakes typically range from 0.5 to 2 meters deep, while lakes for swimming or fish may require deeper areas of 2 to 3 meters. River.ODP can help determine the appropriate depth for your lake based on your specific needs.

Yes, garden lakes can be illuminated with underwater lighting, floating lights, or spotlights around the perimeter. This enhances the lake’s beauty and creates a magical atmosphere after dark. River.ODP offers various lighting options to highlight your garden lake beautifully .

In most cases, garden lakes do not require planning permission, but it’s best to check with your local planning authority, especially if you live in a protected area. River.ODP can assist you in navigating the planning process and obtaining necessary permissions.

The time required to build a garden lake varies depending on the project’s size and complexity. Small to medium-sized lakes can take several weeks to a few months, while larger projects may take longer. River.ODP provides detailed timelines and project management to ensure efficient completion .

We River.ODP building company are situated in Eastbourne/Hailsham and carry out garden lake installations around East Sussex, Kent, Surrey – South UK. As professional garden lake builders and garden lake contractor, we can travel to any location in the UK if needed.

River.ODP, an experienced building company and garden lakes contractor, designs and builds these orangeries to the highest standards. We proudly serve a wide range of East Sussex, West Sussex, Kent and Surrey areas, including:
Ashford, Kent | Bexhill-on-Sea, East Sussex | Bognor Regis, West Sussex | Brighton and Hove, East Sussex | Burgess Hill, East Sussex | Camberley, Surrey | Canterbury, Kent | Caterham, Surrey | Chatham, Kent | Chichester, West Sussex | Cobham, Surrey | Crawley, West Sussex | Crowborough, East Sussex | Dartford, Kent | Deal, Kent | Dover, Kent | East Grinstead, West Sussex | Eastbourne, East Sussex | Egham, Surrey | Epsom, Surrey | Esher, Surrey | Ewell, Surrey | Farnham, Surrey | Folkestone, Kent | Frimley, Surrey | Gillingham, Kent | Godalming, Surrey | Gravesend, Kent | Guildford, Surrey | Hailsham, East Sussex | Hastings, East Sussex | Haywards Heath, West Sussex | Herne Bay, Kent | Horley, Surrey | Horsham, West Sussex | Leatherhead, Surrey | Lewes, East Sussex | Littlehampton, West Sussex | Maidstone, Kent | Margate, Kent | Newhaven, East Sussex | Northfleet, Kent | Peacehaven, East Sussex | Portslade by Sea, East Sussex | Ramsgate, Kent | Redhill, Surrey | Reigate, Surrey | Rochester, Kent | Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent | Seaford, East Sussex | Sevenoaks, Kent | Shoreham by Sea, West Sussex | Sittingbourne, Kent | Staines, Surrey | Tonbridge, Kent | Uckfield, East Sussex | Walton-on-Thames, Surrey | Weybridge, Surrey | Whitstable, Kent | Woking, Surrey | Worthing, West Sussex and surrounding areas.

For more detailed information and professional advice on building garden lakes, consulting with River.ODP is recommended.

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