Some years ago we decided a pond in the backyard would be a great idea. However, this pond ended up looking more like a lake. (My husband gets a little carried away once he starts digging).
Unfortunately the following couple of years heralded droughts in Victoria, with many water restrictions necessary. With some sadness we came to the conclusion that the pond must be buried. It had a leak that meant it required constant topping-up of water, and in seasons of little or no rain it seemed very wasteful to try to keep it full, when that water could be better used sparingly elsewhere in the garden.
There were already rocks around the edges so it lent itself to filling in with soil and then topping up with rocks. Time no longer need be spent cleaning and repairing filters. So it was that another stage in our garden was laid to rest.