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Puddling Clay in Kent, Deal, Longfield and Across the South East


Do you need a reliable material for lining a pond, channel or other water body? With our grab hire vehicles, Shaw Haulage delivers puddling clay to domestic and commercial customers with minimum fuss. To discover the full range of aggregates we supply, contact our dedicated team.


Operating out of Sittingbourne, we serve customers throughout Kent and the surrounding areas. Our main service locations include Herne Bay, Longfield, Maidstone, Margate, Meopham, Northfleet, Rainham, Rochester, Sheerness, Snodland and Whitstable. Other locations where we frequently deliver puddling clay are Ashford, Broadstairs, Canterbury, Chatham, Dartford, Deal, Dover, Faversham, Folkestone, Gillingham and Gravesend.


Lining a body of water with puddling clay is a time-tested method for ensuring a watertight finish. It’s a simple process that involves compacting the clay to remove air bubbles. Because it’s the most natural lining available for water bodies, it is more environmentally and wildlife friendly than other materials. Clay is also a cheaper option, however it must stay wet to avoid cracking.


Uses of Puddling Clay


Our customers use puddling clay for a range of projects, including:


  • Ponds
  • Reservoirs
  • Canals
  • Golf Courses
  • Fish Farms
  • Dams


Puddling clay is also a good option for sealing contaminated ground, such as landfill sites. If you’re working on a land restoration project, get in touch to see what we can do for you.


Things to Consider


It’s important to note that not all sites are suitable for puddling clay, because it needs a firm base. This means recently disturbed land, or areas where soil may slide, are inappropriate. You must also make sure the soil is suitable. Ground water affects peaty, gravelly and silty soils, causing them to move, resulting in cracks and leaks in the clay.


With 20 years of industry experience, our aggregate suppliers offer professional advice and provide the best option for your site.


Our fleet of grab vehicles make delivery easy, no matter where you’re located. However, it’s important to consider the time frame of your project. If puddling clay is dry at the time of delivery, you won’t be able to use it straight away. Simply wetting it and leaving it overnight will make it ready for the next day.


Once compacted, it’s necessary to fill ponds etc. immediately, so the clay doesn’t dry out. Forming a puddling clay lining is also more time consuming than laying a manufactured sheet. Make sure to factor this into the timescale of your project.


Puddling Clay Depth


The ideal depth for laying puddling clay depends on the project. For ponds, we recommend a depth of 200-300mm. In areas prone to erosion, or for heavier duty uses, this will need to be deeper. This also determines the amount of puddling clay you will need to successfully line your pool.


For smaller areas, aim for a thickness of 15-25cm. Although 15cm is fine, the clay will be more susceptible to damage by roots, worms and prodding. Large ponds, lakes and canals require a thicker layer.


For advice on puddling clay, contact our experienced aggregate suppliers in Sittingbourne and Kent. We deliver to sites in Ashford, Broadstairs, Canterbury, Chatham, Dartford, Deal, Dover, Faversham, Folkestone, Gillingham Gravesend, Herne Bay, Longfield, Maidstone and Margate. We also serve customers in Meopham, Northfleet, Rainham, Rochester, Sheerness, Snodland, Whitstable and across the South East.

For specialist advice and delivery of puddling clay and other aggregates in Kent, Deal and the surrounding areas, call Shaw Haulage on 01795 420606.