The majority of natural swimming pools installed in the past seven years in the UK have been new ones, but converting a conventional one is an option that clients as well as landscapers should also consider.
Converting a conventional swimming pool to a natural one is a sound use of resources as a large part of the construction work has already been done.
Natural swimming pools are cleaned by the presence of plants growing in a discrete Regeneration Zone and the water moved around by a circulating pump that can be operated by a photovoltaic cell. Such pools give owners and landscapers a wide variety of opportunities for the creation of natural features, such as rock pools, beaches, waterfalls, streams, lily ponds and bubble fountains. They can save many endangered species and provide a habitat for wildlife such as frogs, toads, newts, dragon and damsel flies and water boatmen, as well as encouraging many species of birds. They also provide an educational resource for children throughout the year and a permanent source of water for use in emergencies.
Michael Littlewood FLI.FSGD is a landscape architect who specialises in ecological design. He is the author of “Natural Swimming Pools: Inspiration for Harmony with Nature” (Schiffer Books, 2005,) “Natural Swimming Pools A Guide for Building” (Agrimedia 2008) He will be publishing a supplement on Converting Conventional Swimming Pools early in 2009 . To order a copy of any of his books please, visit his web site, www.ecodesignscape.co.uk
Tel 01460 75515
(Don’t miss the special feature on swimming pools/ponds April 009 The Landscaper )