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Natural Swimming Pond Construction


A well-designed and constructed natural swimming pool, also referred to as a natural swimming pond, provides the ability to swim in fresh, clean, chemical-free water while attracting and maintaining a variety of wildlife. 

Two major distinctions need to be illustrated when thinking about natural swimming ponds and swimming pools.

A natural swimming pool has a high degree of water quality at the same time as most conventional swimming pools with chemicals. A freshwater pool does not. 

Cost, a natural swimming pool appears to be on the higher end of the market, as the appropriate filtration system is designed to the unique and extremely good specification. A natural swimming pool still has a very high-quality filtration system that is a little lower in maintenance but still provides perfectly clear water without a high price tag.


What Is A Natural Swimming Pond?

It’s not advisable, under normal circumstances, to swim in a garden pond because they are never clean enough to do so safely. These typically have algae and other bacterial species in them, which are not suitable for humans to swim in.

Several chemicals are required in modern concrete pools to keep them clean and clear. When you read the directions and warnings on the chemical bottle labels, you will find that these chemicals can be highly dangerous to both humans and the environment. Within a natural swimming pond, mud, gravel and rocks shape the walls of the pool. When you start from scratch, you’ll want to start by planning a pool with a garden hose or a string with stakes. If you want to convert the existing garden pond into a natural swimming pool, you may only need to desilt it, clear it out, add specific types of plantation and provide a way to circulate the water. 

Plants are used as a natural filtration method for the creation of natural pools. In addition to giving a nice look to your pool, birds, dragonflies, and butterflies will also be drawn to your pool area. Many wildlife can use your pond as a water source, but you’ll probably just see it when you’re not using the pool. 


How Are Natural Swimming Ponds Constructed?

When building a natural swimming pool, you should require about half of the pool surface to contain plants, as this removes the need for harmful chemicals. This area will need to be separated from the swimming area by a wall about a foot below the water level. It is likely to cause the water to spill over the plant area to be drained by the plants. It will attract frogs that will consume mosquito larvae for you.

The design of the hole is very significant in the natural swimming pond construction. This should have sloping sides to keep the sides from caving into the bottom. You can make your pool as big as you want, as long as you make sure the sides are sloped. You should go down 1 foot for every three horizontal feet.

In opting to turn your garden pond into a natural swimming pool, you can remove the environmental effect of a traditional swimming pool, significantly improve the beauty of your garden and provide a natural sanctuary for small creatures.



How Are Natural Swimming Ponds Cleaned & Maintained?

Keeping a freshwater pool at home offers less polluted water and a more natural bathing environment, which is also safer for the climate. Trying to maintain a freshwater swimming pool or pond can be challenging, but it can be done without the need for chemicals with both the right attention and care.

Keep the pool as free of debris and dirt as possible. You must check the pool every day for leaves, pollen, litter, and even small animals that may have taken a dip if a foreign object enters a fresh body of water, the risk for pollution and the possible growth of algae or mould increases.

Clean the pool liner and underwater surfaces regularly. Brush the liners, steps and ladders and clean the bottom of the pool to avoid dirt, debris and other pollutants.

Keep the water in your pool circulating. A constant flow of clean, freshwater promotes overall cleanliness and freshness and can drive dirty water through your filter system.

Use floating sphagnum moss to fight algae and bacteria naturally in your pool. As well as the moss-covered ponds in the forests, the pool will have a natural look and will stay cleaner and smoother without the use of harsh chemicals.

Using an ionizing pool cleaning device that pulsates electricity with copper and silver to alter the electrical structure of your water so as to prevent bacterial growth, which can turn your water into unattractive colours.

Check your water with pH-strips regularly to monitor your water acidity. Ideally, the water should have a pH level of 7. Should the pool become too acidic, it can damage your skin or cause irritation to your ears and eyes. You can need to use chemicals at this stage if your ionization and moss systems can’t keep up.

Freshwater pools might not seem as “clean” as chlorinated pools, however with the right care and attention, the water is perfectly safe if not better for your skin to swim in. You can also ask us to clean and maintain it for you or, if necessary, to drain and dredge.


Can You Convert Your Pond Into A Natural Swimming Pool?

Turn your neglected pond into something gorgeous and useful. If you want to convert the existing garden pond into a natural swimming pool, you may only need to desilt it, clean it, add specific types of plantation and provide a way to circulate the water. Plants are used as a natural filtration method for the creation of natural pools.

Benefits of Having A Natural Swimming Pond:

A number of decades ago, the natural pool trend began in Europe. Since then, success has gradually grown in the United States, Australia and the United Kingdom. Unlike a typically rectangular, chlorine-filled swimming pool, a natural pool is often built to resemble lakes, rivers, or other bodies of water in the wild — it may have irregular shapes, along with cliffs, waterfalls, and boulders. Of course, not every pool designed to look like a natural body of water with realistic rocks and boulders is a natural pool.

Unlike other sparkling blue swimming pools, natural swimming pools or ponds (NSPs) are treated organically rather than chemically. A further pool called a restoration zone is constructed nearby, which is where the water enters either a gravel filter or a built-up wetland made up of plants that clean the water. This is similar to the process by which aquatic plants clean ponds in nature and produce a pool that is no less clean than one with chemically filtered water. From the natural pool and its restoration a small ecosystem emerges that changes and grows and shrinks over time. Animals and sometimes insects become attracted to the areas around the pool (but not the pool itself, thankfully — as it doesn’t contain the environment they’re looking for).

In opting to turn your garden pond into a natural swimming pool, you can remove the environmental effect of a traditional swimming pool, significantly improve the beauty of your garden and provide a natural sanctuary for small creatures.

What Are The Pro’s Of Having A Natural Swimming Pond Constructed?

A natural swimming pool/pond is a total biological system and there is no need to use harsh chemicals to keep the water clean and safe; it will develop its own natural ecology and form a balanced ecosystem by being designed and constructed in a professional way. Once the equilibrium is achieved, the water is naturally clear like it is in a mountain lake.

Lower maintenance costs. In contrast to popular belief, natural pools are no more expensive than traditional pools. While construction costs may be slightly higher than the average pool, maintenance costs are much lower. Keeping up with a natural pool is much cheaper than the constant chemicals required to keep the conventional pool clean.

There’s less work. There is no need to control chlorine levels to regulate pH, which ensures that natural pools are much less work and stress than conventional pools. These are designed to sustain themselves with a natural ecosystem.



How Do Natural Swimming Ponds Work?

Natural swimming pools or ponds consist of 2 sections of approximately the same size, known as the regeneration zone and the swimming zone, separated by an internal barrier below the surface of the water. The barrier allows free movement of water but prevents vegetation from entering the swimming area. 

The recovery zone is shallow and planted with a variety of aquatic plants, and the water is drained through the roots of the gravel and plant and serves as a biological filter. 

Our design team can help create a pool of your dreams, whether it’s a rustic naturalistic look or a more contemporary style.

How To Turn Your Pond Into A Natural Swimming Pool?

Recreational swimming ponds are natural-looking, chemical-free, ecological freshwater bodies that use plant life and beneficial bacteria to remain clean and healthy. The steps taken to turn the pond into a natural swimming pool are as follows:

1. Get Prepared

Make sure you have all the equipment and resources you need to get started. It is necessary to have your pool liner, plants, pumps, and any rock or other landscaping material lined up before starting work. It is also necessary to review the by-laws of your town and obtain appropriate permits to ensure that you do not have issues halfway through the construction.

2. Drain Your Pond

Get all of the water out of the pond and let the surrounding soil dry out a little before going on.

3. Cordon Off The Area For Your Plant Zone

Plants are essential to keep the pool clean and healthy. Make sure there is an area on the side of the pool where the plants will be able to do their work safely.

4. Restructure The Hole

Dig out and restructure the swimming hole as needed to make sure it fits your designs. Dig out the pump and pipe sections and any landscape features that will be incorporated.

5. Install the Pump & Filtration System

Place the pump and skimmer mechanism at the end of the pool as far away as possible from the plant zone and run the pipe under the ground so that the pump feeds the water through the plants. It would ensure that the water passes into the plant filter before the remainder of the pool is re-entered. Using appropriate wires and electrical grids, connect the pump to the electrical grid of your home.

6. Lay The Pool Liner

Place the liner of the pool to surpass the edges of the pool and close the seams. Lay broad rocks to keep it in place and stack the corners and edges.

7. Fill The Pool with Gravel

Fill the bottom of the pool with a small rock of your choice, such as pea gravel.

8. Fill The Pool With Water

At this stage, fill the pool with fresh water and let the water settle down for a couple of days. Be sure there are no leaks in the pool.

9. Add In Plant Life

Place aquatic plants in the plant zone and anchor them to rocks.

Using a fresh spring water source while running through it will allow you to get a guaranteed source of good water quality while costing very little, but if you don’t have it and want to provide some warmth to your pool water, you need to deal with the quality of your water properly. Pumping water through gravel beds with plants is not the solution, although some sources of information can lead you that direction. 

It’s a good idea to seek help from professionals when trying to construct a natural swimming pond however it’s not an entirely unachievable goal if you don’t mind hard work and are good at the coordination of work teams to complete the tasks if you don’t have the equipment or man power to complete them yourself. 

Ideally, it’s best to get professionals to install a swimming pool in your garden and it’s the best way to ensure everything to goes well, to plan and that you end up with a fantastic natural swimming pond construction at the end that you can enjoy with your friends and family (or yourself) for many years to come as well as the perfect ecosystem for birds, animals and insects around it. 


Reasons You Should Hire Us To Construct Your Natural Swimming Pond:

Jex Plant UK Ltd is a British silt pumping and dredging business serving the whole of the UK. 

We are based in Kings Lynn and are proud to provide regional coverage and coverage to locals and consumers in our local counties of Suffolk, Norfolk, Cambridgeshire (East Anglia), Hertfordshire, Essex and Kent.

We specialize in natural swimming pond and pool construction, dredging and desilting of rivers, dams as well as silt removal, silt dredging and silt drainage in wetlands, dams and all other waterways. We are always aware of our surroundings, and the wildlife and the environment around us. 

If you need the services of Reservoir Dredging or Reservoir Desilting or would like to employ us your contractor, please contact us to discuss your requirements.

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