Natural Swimming Pools: Is This Feature Right For You?

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(Image credit: The Swimming Pond Company)

The popularity of natural swimming pools is on the rise — and for good reason. Not only do they make a beautiful visual feature, but they also present you with the opportunity to take a relaxing dip in your very own pool at the same time as as benefitting wildlife. 

If you like the idea of a swimming pool for garden use but are wondering whether it is quite right for you, perhaps because you feel it might not suit a natural landscaping scheme or due to finding the maintenance requirements and the inclusion of chemicals off-putting, then a natural swimming pool could be just the thing you were searching for. 

Paul is an award-winning landscape designer. An experienced designer, his diverse range of work has included everything from small courtyards to large country gardens, as well as public spaces, both in the UK and internationally.

He studied at The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, giving him the opportunity to learn about plants and plant habitats from some of the most knowledgeable and inspiring plantsmen in the world. He created his first show garden at Malvern Autumn Show in 2008, and has since created show gardens at the Chelsea Flower Show and Hampton Court, alongside being invited to exhibit internationally in United States, France, New Zealand, Japan and Australia. (In 2022, he designed The Brewin Dolphin Garden at the Chelsea Flower Show.) 

Since 2015, he has been a RHS Gardens Judge and chaired judging at all of the RHS Flower Shows including RHS Chelsea Flower Show. He has also worked with Marks & Spencer and Bradstone to create garden products, and has written for The Telegraph and Homebuilding & Renovating magazine.

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