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!!) The 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. After 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. The 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. I 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. thanks p.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.