May 18, 2020

5 Steps to Creating Natural Pools and Aqua Gardens

Build a pool that’s a pleasure...

Humans have an undeniable emotional connection to water. Spending time on the beach, at a river or just lazing by the pool leaves us feeling relaxed, rejuvenated and inspired. 

Floating in cool water is one of summer's perfect pleasures. Convert your home into a cooling summer retreat by creating an idyllic, natural water oasis to fend of those hot, sultry dog days.

We recreate nature’s pristine ponds and mountain pools. Sparkling clean water circulating through a living ecosystem of water plants. A lush indigenous aquatic garden cradling a clear natural pool of pure rippling water infused with healing energy and kind to your skin.

5 Steps to creating your own Nature Pool

  1. Let’s Get Creative

We approach each project by gaining an understanding of your vision  allowing us to produce a design which reflects your personal style while maintaining balance and spatial harmony between inside-outside elements.

  1. Form and Function

Our technical team are fluent in biological innovation, biomimicry, habitats and ecosystems and when combined with the aesthetic sensitivity of top designers the end result is a plan for a unique natural oasis that not only enhances your lifestyle but one that thrives in our variable English climate.

  1. Features

The unique and positive purpose of a natural swimming pool is to bring the natural environment close to blend effortlessly into daily life with a natural transition from home to pool.

Our designs are consistent with the style of your home's architecture and follow the natural contours of the buildings. We create pools within which filtered and diffused light plays with shadows cast by rocks and water lilies. Optional waterfalls or cascades chase bubbles into shallow pools full of tiny, brightly coloured pebbles. 

  1. Habitat and Aquaculture

Natural pools are designed to minimise the environmental impact and attract local birds, butterflies and other small creatures.  Sharing the water with wildlife is wonderful. They stay out of your way when you’re swimming and are a joy to watch going about their lives.

Plants enrich the pool with oxygen, support beneficial bacteria that consume debris and potentially harmful organisms and give habitat to frogs, dragonflies and other water life. The result is a beautiful, ecologically diverse system which keeps us in close contact with nature. Indigenous plants help to secure the water supply on your property as they create an ideal micro-habitat to help soil absorb and hold rainwater. This kind of artificial habitat also preserves natural biodiversity perfectly. 

  1. Materials

We specialise in building with nature and blending into the natural landscape. Nature pools use gravel, stone and clay in place of concrete or fibreglass and aquatic plants instead of harmful chemicals and complicated mechanical filtering systems. These pools require no harmful chemicals and once established require minimal management. 

Urban landscaping has adopted many of the principles of permaculture. A Nature Pool is a system of a body of water contained within a series of isolating membranes and the water purifying is achieved through biological filters and plants rooted hydroponically in the system. The ecosystem of this habitat is designed to function as nature intended, a self sustaining water cycle designed to use storm water to replenish and clean itself while reducing fresh water usage.

Organic or natural pools require much less maintenance than a conventional pool, and their year-to-year costs are lower after construction is finished.

Canterwood Partnership offers aqua-solutions that extend beyond the swimming pool to grey water recycling, energy optimisation and total water management.

Our flexibility allows us to provide our clients with inspired and tailored solutions which match their aesthetic vision and ecological sensitivity. 

Feeling inspired? Give us a call to discuss how to get your own natural aqua garden.


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