Ponds by Michael Wheat – About Us
Our Mission of Wildlife Sustainability:
- We want to create more wildlife habitats that boost the population of the incredible and varied species that interact with ponds and gardens in the UK.
- We want to maintain them so that our community can enjoy their free time with their loved ones.
- We are a company that cares about animals, the environment and the imprint we leave behind and we will encourage the growth of sustainable wildlife for many decades to come.
Potty About Plants
Want to find out more about the team behind our fantastic designs? Well, allow me to introduce.
My plant passion was born when I was a young boy when my Dad showed me how to plant strawberry baskets! My love for all things botanical took off in 2003 when my Dad took me on in his garden centre. He realised how important it was for me to get my hands dirty (literally!) and I never looked back!
He set me off working with plants out in our family-run nursery and in no time; I was learning from his 40 years of experience and plant know-how. Even to this day, Dad is a font of botanical knowledge.
Within six months I'd gained enough confidence to draw up plans for client's designs. I also gained more experience actual planting too. I was in my element!
Evenings were spent swotting up on the Latin plant names. The first I learned was "Trachycarpus Fortunei Excelsa" – a hardy palm.
In 2005 came my first encounter with the wonderful world of garden ponds!
My parents had taken over a garden centre in Billesdon, Leicestershire. Here we found some plastic trays containing a few sad looking goldfish. A spark had been lit. After diligent research, we decided to take on garden ponds and make a proper job of it …and I was to be in charge! In no time at all, we’d installed ten tanks and a decking area. We had our very own specialist pond centre.
I burned the midnight oil; learning everything I could about fish, filtration and pumps. I also became fascinated by Koi and learned their Japanese names. Garden pond design soon became my passion – and when I get passionate about something, there’s no stopping me!
Before long, customers started asking me if I’d design and build their bespoke garden ponds. I leapt at the chance, and the garden pond design business snowballed.
The Good Life
Over the last eight years, the team and I have worked on hundreds of ponds. My passion for getting them right and improving our technique remains undimmed. In 2010, it was time to leave the garden centre and to focus exclusively on Pond and Garden Design.
As I write these words, business is thriving. Life is good. I have a wonderful wife, Gemma, and two beautiful daughters, Anneliese and Megan. What little free time I have is spent with my family and indulging my other two passions: the movies (you should see my 93” screen!) and the twin mighty sporting icons of my hometown – Leicester City and Leicester Tigers!
I’m a proud member of the business referral group, BNI (Business Networking International). We meet regularly at the Leicester Tigers ground. My fellow members are reliable and run excellent businesses. This gives me links to qualified and excellent tradesman (electricians, builders etc.) who work with us on many of our ponds.
Further to this, I also provide talks and training on business matters.
We'd Love to Hear From You
So now you know more about Ponds by Michael Wheat and what makes us tick, why not find out how we can help you?
Are you looking for specialist help in redesigning your outdoor space? Are you thinking of installing a new garden pond? Do you prefer a traditional approach or something innovative? Or are you simply looking for essential pond maintenance?