What is a swimming pond?
a warm summer’s day, there’s nothing lovelier than taking a dip
in a cool natural pool,
surrounded by lush greenery and wildlife. The appeal of this
experience explains why swimming ponds have become increasingly
popular in recent years, as homeowners seek to recreate the joy of
wild swimming in their own back gardens. The idea of a natural
swimming pool is based on the creation of an integrated environmental
system in your home consisting of water, plants and animals. The pool
comes with its own fertile garden that purifies the water naturally.
These pools will become their own little ecosystem, attracting new
wildlife and adding natural goodness to your outdoor space.
are the benefits of a natural swimming pond?
and foremost, controlling or managing a small swimming pool is easy.
Simply let nature take its course! Another plus point is that some
plumbing companies offer an annual maintenance service with
installation, which greatly reduces any small upkeep tasks you might
need to perform. In addition, these pools give your garden a magical,
lush appearance and bring nature to your home, season by season.
They’re also cheaper than a regular garden pool in the long term, as any installation costs will be offset by lower
maintenance demands. Happily, there’s also no need for chlorine as
the pool will be naturally purified - a real plus for those with
sensitive skin or allergies.
are the disadvantages of a natural swimming pond?
of the main downsides to owning a natural swimming pond is that
you’ll need at least some knowledge of agriculture and water
quality, as well as the experience and patience to know if the pool
is fit to use or not. These pools will also attract an abundance of
wildlife, some of which may not be desirable if young children are
around. To avoid too many insects or snakes, line the pool with
gravel or wood instead of wild plants. It’s also worth noting that
the water temperature cannot be set - although there are some types
which allow the installation of small swimming pool heaters. In
wintertime, when traditional pools will usually be covered as a
precautionary safety measure, small natural pools will need to be
left exposed and uncovered in order to thrive.
do I build a DIY swimming pond?
you have plenty of space in your back garden, a love of the natural
world and a healthy budget - what are you waiting for? It’s time to
create your own little oasis! But where to start? As mentioned
earlier, half the area should be allocated to plants, either as part
of the small pool or on its edges. The other half is for swimming.
Separation between the two parts of the pool, whether under the
surface of the water or above, can be designed according to your
taste. The raw materials used to build a small natural pool are
gravel and clay (rather than concrete or fibreglass), with wood or
stones to finish the pond’s edges. Once you’ve assembled your
tools and materials, you can then dig over the space to prepare it.
Remember that you’re free to pick the depth you desire for your
pool, but that the depth of the plant section must not exceed 45cm.
Next up, mould the shape of your pond using pebbles and rocks, before
moving on to the concrete foundation. This stage should be undertaken
with great care in order to avoid cracks, so make sure the
concrete/sand mix is correctly balanced. You’ll then need to make a
layer of fibre, newspaper and carpet above the sand to create a flat
surface for the concrete, before adding some damp insulation to
protect the porous materials. This stage of the installation process
is certainly the most challenging, so always enlist the help of a
qualified professional to guide you through. After the concrete is cast, cover it with clean
gravel - this will form a habitat in which beneficial bacteria can
can I keep my swimming pond clean?
of the most brilliant aspects of these special little pools is that
no chemicals or artificial filtration systems are used to purify the
water. Instead, natural methods of purification are used - both
biological and physical. In fact, these pools are often made up of
two distinct sections divided by a discrete wall - one for swimming
and another to house the water-cleansing plants. Specific plants in
these small ponds are used to combat algae and prevent its formation
by removing phosphorus and nitrogen before it spreads throughout the
pool. This acts as a natural water purifier that leaves the swimming
pool clean and free from any impurities.
much will a swimming pond cost?
the UK, the cost of building a swimming pond tends to be similar to
that of a traditional pool. The real financial benefits come over
time - a natural swimming pool will have a long life enhanced, not
hindered, by the growth of plants and its own little ecosystem. It
will also require considerably less maintenance than its chlorinated
counterpart. In terms of overall costs, an eco-friendly pool will set
you back around £6,000, although this price will vary depending on
the size and labour used.