Natural swimming pools

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Natural swimming pool

Natural swimming pools are a fantastic way to enjoy the benefits of swimming while also being in harmony with nature. These pools have become increasingly popular in the UK and particularly in lovely Somerset in recent years, and it’s easy to see why. They offer a range of benefits over traditional swimming pools, including lower running costs, greater sustainability, and limited maintenance. However the biggest draw has to be the experience of exercising and relaxing in such a natural and peaceful way.

So, what exactly are natural swimming pools?

Essentially, they are bodies of water that have been created using predominantly natural materials and sustainable building. They rely on natural filtration systems and do not require any harsh chemicals to keep them clean and safe.

There are several types of natural swimming pools, including “living pools” which involve the use of aquatic plants to filter the water, as well as “naturalistic pools” which are designed to mimic the look and feel of a natural swimming hole. There are also “wooden swimming pools” which have become increasingly popular in recent years, offering a beautiful and rustic look that is perfect for outdoor living spaces. These pools are made from sustainably sourced timber and are a great option for anyone looking for a natural and beautiful swimming pool. “Pond Pools” are essentially swimming ponds, featuring a natural and organic look that is very different from traditional swimming pools. They can also incorporate natural features like waterfalls and streams, creating a beautiful and peaceful ecosystem that is perfect for swimming and relaxing.

Why choose a natural swimming pool.

One of the main advantages of natural pools is their cost-effectiveness. Traditional pools can be expensive to build and maintain, with ongoing costs for chemicals, electricity, and maintenance. Natural pools, on the other hand, rely on natural filtration systems and require less ongoing maintenance and fewer chemicals. This makes them a great option for homeowners who want to enjoy the benefits of a pool whilst keeping costs to a minimum.

Another significant advantage of natural swimming pools is their sustainability. Traditional pools can be very wasteful, consuming huge amounts of water and energy. Natural pools, by contrast, are designed to work in harmony with nature and can be a truly sustainable option. By using natural materials and practices, they can help conserve resources and reduce environmental impact.

Aside from their practical benefits, natural swimming pools are also beautiful and can add a sense of tranquillity and relaxation to any outdoor space. With their natural materials and features, they blend seamlessly with the landscape and provide a more natural and peaceful environment than traditional swimming pools.

Overall, natural swimming pools offer a range of benefits over traditional swimming pools and once the suitability of the land has been assessed they are a great addition to any garden.

Words: Jennie Eastick, Amateur gardener and Office Manager