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Im considering making a raised border but Ive no idea how to go about this. I recently been given 3 tortoises and have just put a wildlife pond in, Im worried the tortoises will fall in the pond so Ive put a piece of wood up temporarily to stop them doing this, its not very attractive as you can imagine so im thinking about putting a raised border in when they hibernate. Any other ideas and how do I go about it
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  • K67K67 Leicestershire Posts: 2,507
    It's difficult to say what to do unless you post a photo! 🤔
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 46,485
    I'm slightly confused about what the raised bed is for.
    Can you give more info @Mandy-

    If you're worried about them accessing the pond, and if it isn't a huge one, you can put some chicken wire across it, or get a proper grid made. That will still allow wildlife to get in and out safely.  :)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


  • I like the idea but wouldnt it defeat the object of a wild life pond
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 46,485
    It's a good safety feature, but there's still enough room at the edges for creatures/birds to access it, if you do it correctly. 
    I'm assuming your wildlife pond would have a sloping side/beach at one point  :)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


  • Mandy- said:
    Im considering making a raised border but Ive no idea how to go about this. I recently been given 3 tortoises and have just put a wildlife pond in, Im worried the tortoises will fall in the pond so Ive put a piece of wood up temporarily to stop them doing this, its not very attractive as you can imagine so im thinking about putting a raised border in when they hibernate. Any other ideas and how do I go about it


  • LoxleyLoxley Posts: 4,460
    See my comment on this thread here: 
    https://forum.gardenersworld.com/discussion/comment/2247876#Comment_2247876

     :D  :D  :D 
  •  :D I don't think the edging would stop tortoises - they're determined little buggers (I've known them to climb over their pen. Btw is that stuff meant to be used between a border and a path 
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 46,485
    Did you mean you wanted to make a raised bed for the tortoises? 
    I'm a bit confused about the query altogether. 

    Blocking the pond  with a fence will stop any small animal getting to the pond, except those that can jump or climb.  It looks like there isn't a safe entry/exit anyway, so maybe it's better to have a fence. Hedgehogs could fall in and struggle to get back out for example. 
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


  • I suppose you're right really, I thought there might be a way for all wildlife to benefit from the garden 
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