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Originally a clay dew pond 350sqm, this was excavated and converted using the existing clay on site to seal and raise the level to a 650sqm pond for swimming in.
The cost for this is about half that of building lined swimming pools. A giant skimmer and a limestone filter and underwater grass are starting already to make a clear impact in its first season. The wooden jetty and island sit on piles driven straight into the clay.
When it rains it is topped up from a pump fitted in a drainage ditch sump. This works extremely well and there have been no problems with water levels or algae with this method. It is pure and clear like a chalk stream.
When we went to first see the Brewers they asked us ‘what sort of guarantee could we give that this new type of pond pool would work?’ We said ‘we absolutely guarantee that that our pond would make them very happy indeed’…..which it did!
In 2014 we were asked to convert an existing ‘pea soup’ pond covered with duck weed. Although it had a spring that kept it full it was in a stagnant and lifeless condition. The brief was also to build jetties and a hut to lounge in, and if possible deep clear conditions for diving into and swimming. We created our own skimming and mineral bed filter system that could cope with larger variations in water level and sufficient shelf areas for filter planting. We also drained and diverted away surface and gutter water that flowed in. The spring was piped and valved to provide a controllable top system.
The pool remained cloudy for a month mainly due to its popularity for swimming, but then a mini miracle occurred. it cleared beyond anyone’s expectation right down to the bottom – at 5m at its deepest point this may be one of the clearest ponds in the UK.