At last we are nearing completion. For six weeks we have had a pond with no water! The liner and the underlay were draped into the pond and losely held in place with small stones. We then began to fill the pond gradually with water from the garden well. The lining was lose enough to allow it to move down with the weight of the water without stretching. As the pond gradually filled we folded the excess liner into large tucks to make it neat.
Before the water level reached the beach we lined it with gravel and small stones. The water has now just begun to wash onto the shallow beach area and is covering the shelf designed for the marginal plants.