Natural Swimming Ponds in Essex

At Essex Aquatics, we specialise in building natural swimming ponds in Essex and London. A natural swimming pond allows you to swim in fresh and clear water without any chemicals right from your home. 

We also offer services for renovating swimming pools or ponds into natural swimming ponds.


What is a natural swimming pool?

A natural swimming pool in your garden allows you to reconnect with nature whilst maintaining a balanced ecosystem in your garden. Unlike traditional swimming pools, natural swimming ponds contain no toxic chemicals. Making them not only a cleaner environment for you to swim but also safe for wildlife.

Swimming in a natural pond provides many health advantages, such as improving circulation and general cardiovascular well-being. Not only do they come with health advantages, but they’re also beautiful ecosystems that attract wildlife into your garden allowing for abundant aquatic plant life. Aquatic plants will naturally filter your pool water, creating a fantastic ecosystem for your natural swimming pond.

Natural swimming pool designs bring a softer landscape, meaning they’ll blend more effectively into your garden than a traditional swimming pool. We can use anything from plants to boulders for a natural finish.

Professional Natural Swimming Ponds in Essex

At Essex Aquatics, we use our pond construction experience and biological filtration knowledge to create high-quality natural swimming ponds for our clients. When you work with us, we support you every step of the way, from design to any necessary pond maintenance you may need after the project is complete.

Our natural swimming pond projects have three main stages: design, construction and management. Here’s how that process looks:

  • A free site visit and consultation to discuss your vision, followed by a quote.
  • We build your natural swimming pond, helping you to bring your ideas to life. 
  • We implement a full planting service and can add elements such as diving pontoons, jetties and decked areas. We can also work on the landscaping of the surrounding areas to complement your new water feature.
  • Once your project is complete, we’re available for pond cleaning and maintenance services to help you make the most of your natural swimming pond.

Contact us

Contact us today for a free consultation and quote to discuss how our expert team can support your natural swimming pool ideas.

Frequently Asked Questions

There are a number of beneficial factors to having a natural swimming pond instead of a standard swimming pool and these can include the following:

  1. Natural swimming ponds provide huge benefits to the world and nature around us
  2. Natural swimming ponds provide health benefits to us
  3. They require a very small amount of maintenance and lower the cost of bills that usually are associated with standard swimming pools
  4. You don’t have to continuously clean filters or dose the water with chlorine. Natural swimming ponds really are like swimming in bottled mineral water!
  5. Use a fraction of the electricity of traditional pools
  6. Incredibly popular, with potentially raising the value of your property

A normal swimming pool uses chemicals to kill micro-organisms in the water such as algae, however, this isn’t necessary in a natural swimming pool where the cleaning work is carried out by micro-organisms that exist together in equilibrium. Natural swimming ponds are kept clean by plants and microorganisms, including beneficial bacteria. Using nature’s processes to purify the water means minimal maintenance, leaving you to relax and enjoy your natural swimming pool with as little fuss as possible.

Compared to a standard swimming pool a natural swimming pond needs much less maintenance as there are no filters or pumps to be cleaned as well as no requirement for chemicals to be added.

Our natural swimming pools in Essex require a little maintenance but nature itself will carry out most of the cleaning for you.

All you may be required to do is ensure the pond receives some attention regularly, such as removing the leaves so a build-up doesn’t happen. Removing leaves will help to keep the water’s nutrient levels low, however, we can’t guarantee the water to be completely clear all the time.

Here at Essex Aquatics, we understand you may maintain your pond yourselves. However, we also offer a maintenance service which can be as often or infrequently as you need.  We generally recommend that maintenance is carried out on a monthly basis with a deep clean at least once a year to check on your natural pool’s development.

The answer is yes, and this can be achieved quite easily. We have done a few of this style swimming pond (projects to be shared soon) by using the existing infrastructure of the swimming pool. Another beneficial factor to this style is the cost of such a conversion can be less than a new build swimming pond.

In most cases, an existing pond can be converted, but this is something that can be discussed during a site visit.

100% not. By having a natural swimming pond, it truly is connecting you to the beauty of nature. Swimming ponds are balanced with nature of plants and microscopic life to maintain clear and purified water.

During the design stage of your swimming pond, we can support you choosing a selection of accessories that will intertwin with the natural beauty a swimming pond brings. We can build diving pontoons, jetties, or decked areas to overhang the natural swimming pond. Also, we can add outdoor lighting which can be very effective.

You do not need planning permission for a natural swimming pool as it is considered a garden project, similar to a pond. If you are considering a large natural swimming pool, you may want to contact Essex County Council to confirm.

Absolutely! Our professional team specialises in creating bespoke natural swimming ponds that reflect your unique style and fit perfectly with your landscape. We work closely with you from design to completion, ensuring that your vision comes to life in a way that enhances your outdoor space’s beauty and functionality.