A three day course in practical pond keeping with some theory underpinning knowledge.

Masterclass (North Moreton) - Pond Keeping

 Masterclass Pond Keeping

Ponds are not only valuable ecological resources they are desirable ornamental features within a garden setting, but they require specialised maintenance to keep them functioning correctly and looking attractive.

This is a three day course in practical pond keeping with some theory underpinning knowledge.  In this course the following will be covered:

Types of pond and their construction methods

Types of fish and other desirable aquatic life

Types of aquatic plants and planting techniques

Water safety - risks or drowning and infectious diseases 

The pond care calendar A comprehensive programme covering all seasonal maintenance activities to ensure a healthy well balanced pond.

Autumn- major cleaning and draining, regulating fish feeding, netting and leaf removal, cleaning filters and pumps, preparing for winter including methods to keep part of the pond ice free.

Spring- thinning overcrowded marginal plants, dividing waterlilies, netting against herons, regulating fish feeding, controlling algae blooms, cleaning filtration equipment.

Summer- Replacing water, providing aeration to improve oxygenation, regulating fish feeding, cleaning filtration equipment.

Seasonal water treatments


Dates and times - This is a three day programme.

8th September 2017, 13th April 2018, 29th June 2018.

This course runs from 09.30 to 15.30 each day.

What qualification will I get? On completion of the three separate sessions you will be given a course completion certificate from the Academy of Practical Horticulture.

What is the enrolment process? 1. Talk to us first to ensure that there is a place available on the course2. Complete an enrolment form on line, ensure you provide ALL of the details requested. 3. Payment options are: cash or cheque on the first day of the course, BACS or PayPal seven days before the start day of the course.

Cost: £295.00 plus V.A.T. at £59.00 for the complete course, total payable £354.00.

What else do I need to know? This is predominantly a practical course with some theory underpinning knowledge, therefore you need to wear comfortable casual  clothing which should include safety footwear. It is also advisable to be prepared for inclement weather by bringing waterproof clothing. You WILL NOT be applying commercial aquaculture products at any point, however there are practicals involving the application of products (water treatments and  fish protection products) available to the amateur gardener. For those all necessary protective clothing will be provided.

What can I do after this course? You would be welcome to attend any of the short course or masterclasses that we offer, or perhaps (if not already studying one of them) one of the Royal Horticultural Society Courses at one of our centres.


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