”You had me at water features..”. .. was a comment made to us at the Chelsea Flower Show 2021 by a visitor discussing his love of a swim in his own natural swim-pond at home.
His comments are apt, as there is a growing eco friendly lifestyle trend towards installing natural ecosystem water features - including natural swim-ponds - that take their inspiration direct from Mother Nature. Even Grand Designs Magazine has recently featured the trend.
Our clients come to us with dreams of swimming in their own garden swim-pond, of taking a dip with family & friends on summer days with a BBQ, or of watching the children lark around in the pond with family, friends or pets and enjoying a sundowner pond side with loved ones in the privacy of their home.
Our natural swimming ponds look like the natural water features found in our beautiful UK countryside. These stunning water features are a worthwhile property investment into any home and are becoming an increasingly popular alternative to traditional, formal swimming pools.
Swim-ponds come with many benefits to their long term use too, as they are naturally green, biodiverse, sustainable and more economical to run than formal swimming pools with no heating costs (unless specifically required). Alongside creating bespoke swim-ponds, we offer an in house carpentry & joinery service to install pond decking, seating, a pontoon or a gazebo alongside your Brit Ponds swim-pond.
We are proud to accept a creative aquatic challenge here at Brit Ponds. We have designed & installed the first Aquascape Inc / Brit Ponds ecosystem swim pond in the UK for discerning clients in Henley on Thames. We have created natural streams, waterfalls, a wetland filter and a bespoke bog garden for Gunneras alongside our client’s Lake House in the AONB Chiltern Hills, working alongside award winning Garden Designers on the project. And we have restored long unused Victorian built garden pools to bring them back to family life for swimming.
And because we walk the talk at Brit Ponds and live our own aquatic ‘Aquascape lifestyle’, we have an ecosystem swim pond at Brit Ponds HQ, which our clients can visit by appointment if they want to visit us see a pond of this nature for inspiration for their own aquatic creation.
If this sounds of interest to you, as an alternative to a swimming pool or an infinity pool, then take the green & sustainable option of having a year round beautiful water feature that you can swim in and which will be a gorgeous seasonal water feature to look at all year round.
Contact us today with your enquiry for a no obligation initial chat, and let's make that dream your reality. With swim pond project costings starting from £75,000 Including VAT talk to us today about your vision.
If you dream of your own natural swim-pond, as a green and sustainable alternative to formal swimming pools, then contact us today for a no obligation initial chat with our Founder, Daniel.
If you would like to proceed having discussed your individual requirements, or having consulted with your Garden Designers or Landscapers, you can book a Customer Site Consultation online with us via our Online Shop. Meeting in person this will give us time on site to review your design ideas, timescales and budget with you - and your project team if desired - and advise you on your aquatic options at a time to suit.
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If you would like to speak with us about your swim-pond dream for open water natural swimming, you can email us direct at email@example.com, or DM us on Instagram brit_ponds, or message us on Facebook. Or you can call our Founder, Daniel on 07805 659330 who will be happy to discuss your requirements.
Like any Brit Ponds ecosystem pond, our swim-ponds are created using the same principles and methodology as their smaller brethren, with rocks, pebbles, gravel and aquatic planting. A wetland filter is created alongside the body of water. Ecosystem filtration principles of the wetland filter, rocks, gravel and aquatic planting naturally filter the moving water. Pumps are employed to filter the water. It is essential that pumps are NOT located in the body of the water and we always recommend external energy efficient pumps such as Flowfriend. Our swim-ponds do not utilise standard building materials with high carbon content or which are not eco friendly, such as concrete. Nor do they require the use of chemicals to keep the water clean and healthy i.e chlorine. To maintain the ecosystem we recommend bacteria based pond treatments which we can prescribe.
Swim-ponds are very efficient to run by using the recommended external pump which moves up 70,000 litres of water per hour for 700 watts of electricity. There are no heating costs, unless you specifically wish to include heating.
Are these ponds high maintenance ? Quite simply, no. Our bespoke swimming ponds of this size usually require just one Brit Ponds Annual Pond Maintenance call per year. Like any routine garden maintenance, we recommend the removal of natural garden debris that accumulates in the pond intake bay, negative edge, or the surface of the pond, which can simply be undertaken by a regular gardener, or by a customer who wants the peace & quiet of gently netting their own pond to keep it in good order. Without the use of chemicals there is little risk your aquatic plants, wildlife and fish from non ecofrienldy products. No harmful chemicals, no regular testing for chemical build up, and no concrete. And no need for a shower afterwards ! Just the pure satisfaction of a fresh water, naturally filtered swim pond of your own, looking stunning in your garden throughout the seasons.
With the festive season approaching what better way to surprise the water feature enthusiast in your life with their copy of Hands of the Artist coffee table book. Available in our online shop - order now in time for the festive season