Fountain facts

Some small water features have still water and aquatic plants but with the fight to remove stagnant water where mosquitoes can breed, many people now prefer items with moving water.

The first fountain to be recorded in history was in 1206 by Iraqi engineer and inventor al-Jazari when the kings of the Artuqid dynasty in Turkey commissioned him to manufacture a machine to raise water for their palaces.

The practical Romans marked the delivery end of aqueducts with a public fountain, a practice that was revived in Rome in the 15th century, with the restored Trevi Fountain Early Modern English employed fountains to refer to a natural spring water or source.

Fountains are charming lawn ornaments that add a finishing touch to any lawn, garden or entrance. The style chosen should compliment the landscape theme.

One of the best features of a fountain as a lawn ornament is the relaxing sound of water flowing. The sound of water will enhance any garden and make it more serene and peaceful.

The most popular "moving water" items are tabletop fountains, statuary fountains and spitting creatures. All rely on a pump to circulate water through the feature. The water is pumped up through plastic tubing and released into the fountain, returning to the bottom where it is pumped up the tubing again. Most pumps run on an electrical connection but some smaller tabletop fountains have batteries. There are also solar units available that require no electrical hook-up.

PAGeotechnical assists in restoration of 18th century landscape garden
Geomembrane specialists PAGeotechnical have played an important part in restoring one of the UK’s historic landscapes, in Bath.
The Wilderness is a key part of the National Trust’s Prior Park landscape garden, and has recently been restored with assistance from the Heritage Lottery Fund. It includes the 18th century Serpentine Lake and Cascade.
PAGeotechnical supplied lining membrane for the site. The membrane used for the job was XR3, a highly-specialised geomembrane chosen for its proven track record and long life.
Expertise in geosynthetic design is an important part of PAGeotechnical’s portfolio and the company is able to provide design support and specialist services for clients and their professional advisors. PAGeotechnical also specialises in the management and risk reduction of contaminated land.
PAGeotechnical Ltd., 01536 740040,

The following are worth contacting :


The range of Aqua Moda products have been carefully sourced from quality manufacturers to ensure the highest standards. The Aqua Moda team are constantly looking for new ideas, fashions and inspirations in water feature design.

Tel: 0845 0942637

Fax: 0845 0942337


Berde Decor (READING BERKS) offer a range of water Features; Natural Slate on modern designs with all the strength & durability of lightweight G.R.P.

Tel: 0118 921 4710

Fax: 0118 921 4709

Border Stone (ASBOURNE POWYS) offer the complete hard-landscaping solution for garden centres and nurseries. Border Stone supply and deliver fully merchandised decorative stone, natural stone and concrete products nationwide and overseas

Tel: 01938 570375

Fax: 01938 570410


Cactose ( FRANCE) produce fountains made in slate.

They offer a large range for indoor/outdoor usage

Their fountains are equipped with different kinds of lights.

Tel: 0033 388 20 75 95

Fax: 00 33 388 20 36 27


Creative Pond Covers ( BEWDLEY WORCESTERSHIRE) offers a solution to the problems of pond safety for children and protection against heron attack for fish.

The pond safety covers also provide a sculptural feature in the garden

Tel: 01299 403998

Derbyshire Aggregates is one of the UK‘s largest landscape stone and aggregate suppliers, their products are being used on many landscape projects throughout the UK. National deliveries can easily be accommodated. The range of decorative aggregates are available loose or bagged. The most popular products are:-Plum Slate, Green Slate, Blue Slate, Cotswold, Red, Pea Pepple, Classic Spar, Gold, Corn, Cobbles, Paddlestones, Derbyshire Spar, Multi-Spar, Pearl Grey

+44 (0)1629 636500

+44 (0)1629 636425

EASTERN CONNECTIONS are suppliers and designers of hand carved granite, marble and sand stone water features, ornaments, furniture and their own range of reservoirs pumps and lights.

Tel: 01886 880215

Fax: 01886 880796


ENIGMA IMPORTS ( GT YARMOUTH NORFOLK) are a new company formed to primarily import Granite, Marble and Sandstone Garden Statuary, Classic, Contemporary and Oriental

They also manufacture in the far east in their own unit.

They also import Water Features, Stone resin Statues, Classic Model Boats and Traditional full size wood Canoes and Kayaks.

Tel: 01493 602 843

Fax: 01493 602 843

Fountains Direct Limited (Weybridge Surrey) commercial fountain equipment range provides the company with the flexibility to fulfil all your water display requirements.

01932 336 338

Fax: 01932 336 527

Haddonstone (NORTHAMPTON ) is one of the UK’s leading manufacturer of traditional and contemporary garden ornaments and architectural cast stonework. Designs range from fountains, statuary and planters to balustrading, lawn edging and landscape structures. Haddonstone is looking to expand its network of over 100 UK and overseas stockists. An inspirational 200-page catalogue is available.

Tel: 01604 770711 Fax: 01604 770027

HAMAC TRADING COMPANY ( CO. ANTRIM) are importers & distributors for the "Aqua Creations” brand of Water Features. Aqua Creations are recognised as one of the largest and most attractive Polyresin Water Features range available in the UK. They have over 150 different models available from stock

Tel: 028 25831201

Fax: 028 25831202


HENRI STUDIO (EUROPE) LTD (HIGHBRIDGE SOMERSET) Designer and Manufacturer of cast stone garden decor including water features, lawn statuary, birdbaths and planters, all available in an array of colour finishes.

Tel: 01278 780695

Fax: 01278 782079


Kinsman (Reigate Surrey) is a manufacturer and supplier of hand made outdoor garden fountains and water features.

The range encompasses different types of garden fountain from Tiered garden fountains to the more simple natural and pot based water features, as well as a selection of hanging wall Fountains, standing wall fountains, fountain pots and ball water features.

01737 222040

LILYPOOLS (BOLTON YORKSHIRE) Lilypools are an award winning company based near York UK, custom designing, building and installing, hand made wooden raised garden ponds coupled with a range of planters

Tel: 01759 368628


OREYA LTD (KNOTTINGLEY WEST YORKSHIRE) Hand Thrown, Frostproof, Cretan pots. Authentic styles, colours and textures make our products absolutely unique.

Tel: 07815 041010

Fax: 01977 678858


Smart Solar (WORTON OXFORDSHIRE) is a specialist supplier of solar powered products for the home and garden from water features and fountains to lighting, aquatics and security products. Providing an eco friendly solution, Smart Solar products offer innovation, design, quality and reliability

Tel: 01865 733770

Fax: 01865 733771


Stoneshapers ( ANSLEY NUNEATON) offer a contemporary range of hand carved natural stone products. They supply an innovative collection of landscaping products covering lighting, fountains, water features, furniture and sculptures. These are carved from solid granite, marble and basalt.

Tel: 0845 0000540

Fax: 0845 0000541

STONE & WATER (BARROWBY GRANTHAM ) Suppliers of uniquely designed, high quality granite water features, Japanese lanterns and ornaments.

Tel: 01476 593116

Fax: 08707 065 123


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