We've recently moved in to a new house and the previous occupants had a pond that seems to have been unloved for some time as the lining had come away from the surrounding walls and it was full of a lot of old rubbish from around the garden. As we have a young child I thought the best thing to do would be to fill it in (I hope I'm not hated on this forum for getting rid of a pond, I plan to have another one when my son is a bit older!!)\n\nThe pond is about 12 feet by 5 and had a surrounding wall about 4 bricks high, I emptied out the water then spent the best part of the weekend removing all the old lining and rubbish so I was left with just a muddy hole. Now what I think is key to all my failures so far is that the soil here is thick clay so drainage is very slow, once everything was out of the pond I grabbed my fork and turned the soil to give any water a better chance to train away. I then used all the old bricks and various other bits of hardcore I had to fill the pond up to about a foot below the level of the rest of the garden. Then it started raining.\n\nAfter about 2 days of very wet weather the pond had filled up with water again well over the hardcore I had thrown it. I left it a week or two and following some sunny weather the water level did start going down so I tried another tactic. I dug a 5 foot by 5 foot hole at the ponds 'deep end' and filled it with just hardcore (The ponds depth is about 1-2 foot) my reasoning being that as our garden is on a slight slope hopefully the water will soak/drain into the hole. Then it started raining.\n\nThe water level is back to where it was before and the hole seems to have made no difference. After spending 2 weekends on the pond I'm still nowhere closer to adding topsoil and turf, I think this clay soil is the cause to all my problems but I'm now out of ideas of what to do.\n\nI know this forum might be more for the managing of ponds and looking at some of the pictures there are some beauties but if anyone knows how I can get rid of one I'd be very grateful.\n\nthanks\n\np.s Everyone I spoke to has suggested a bog garden but as the pond is fairly central in the garden I don't see this being an option.