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A Swimming Pond that is life changing for YOU and YOUR family…

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Are you tired of the same old traditional swimming pools?

Have you ever considered a swimming pond?

The following is from Caroline Murray BSc Hons, FCIM, who is a Bio chemist and Microbiologist. This is what she had to say about swimming in her swimming pond we built for her;

“What ever people say about the health benefits of swimming, it goes over and above that because of the quality of the water. SO different to swimming in chemically treated water, its literally like swimming in SILK, you go in and come out and you’re not thinking I need to get chlorine off my skin, or my skin is dry”

They’ve been around in the UK for over 30 years and have been a popular choice in Europe and America. Personally, I’ve always been drawn to the idea of a swimming pond. It’s a natural alternative to the typical tiled and heated swimming pool. With a swimming pond, you can immerse yourself in nature, swim alongside wildlife, and enjoy a beautiful natural landscape. Plus, there are no chemicals involved!

I know what you’re thinking – won’t the water be too cold?

Well, in the winter months, the water temperature can drop to 4c, but in the summer, it can reach a balmy 29c.

Most people in the UK can comfortably swim in a swimming pond from April to November. And let me tell you, there’s nothing quite like the feeling of swimming in fresh, clear water. It leaves you feeling rejuvenated and fresh, without the itchy skin caused by chlorine.

Your Dream Swimming Pond starts HERE…

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So, no chlorine?Are they safe to swim in?

All our swimming pond projects use our Michael Wheat system…

We achieve this through our 7 fundamentals so that YOU get the best project possible…

  1. Water movement
  2. pH gH kH management
  3. UV sterilisation
  4. Dissolved oxygen levels
  5. Filtration (silt management & Nitrogen cycle)
  6. Phosphate management
  7. Nutrient barrier protection and internal nutrient management

On February 22nd 2024 Michael interviewed Caroline Murray BSc Hons, FCIM.

The purpose of this was to discuss the potential risks in swimming in swimming ponds, with somebody who understand this from a scientific stand point. Caroline understands the risks and how our system mitigates those risks and is why she chose us.

Caroline is a biochemist and microbiologist, having completed her first degree at Queen Mary College, University of London. Since then, she has become a leading market specialist in pharmaceutical consultancy with over 25 years’ experience working in Pharmaceutical and Biotech with companies such as Novartis, BMS and Sanofi, to name a few.

We as a company have worked very diligently in creating a multi-faceted system which covers all the areas in having a well-balanced pond which is safe to swim in. When Michael Asked;

“When you look at our system as a whole, do you think we have put anything in as a gimmick or just because it sounds cool, or does it have an actual purpose?”

“Yes absolutely, the combination of elements all solves (Michael Wheat System) a scientific issue. If you just had one of the parts of that system, my feeling is it wouldn’t work.  I remember doing my research on swimponds, it took me 4 or 5 years before I had made up the decision to have the pond installed. I was just not convinced that just the aquatic plants would be enough. I think that’s why we have been on this journey for a number of years because YOU are only now at the point with your system where EACH part of your set up addresses the scientific problem of safe water.”

So microbial growth, micro organisms that shouldn’t be there, that you don’t want are removed.

The system keeps the ones that you do want and gets the water back to that eco system and ecological balance.

I think that’s what help me make my decision. This system was the way to go!”

Please see the whole podcast video recording below. We discuss the following topics;

  • Different types of bacterial risks in a swimming pond
  • How to help prevent risks
  • How our system is different to how other swimming ponds are built globally
  • Comparing the risks to swimming in one of our swimming ponds against a chlorine swimming pool
  • Chlorine long term risks
  • Regulations around swimming ponds
  • Why she choose us to build her swimming pond

Why choose a Natural Swimming Pond?

How long will I have to wait to get my swimming pond built?

This is the truly exciting part…….

Get the process started now by calling one of our team and we could be onsite within 3-6 months.

Other companies are building one at a time and are booked up over a year in advance.

We build 2 or 3 swimming ponds a month. This is because the company is set up to manage and organise multiple projects. Once you get hold of our design plan you’ll see exactly how we do this.

And that’s not even the best bit……..

Everyone else is quoting starting prices from ÂŁ125,000+, we do projects of this value and much bigger, but we also can start from ÂŁ75,000 including VAT without the ground works.


Even better…..

Our swimming ponds are fully filtered so no waiting around years for the balance to be correct and the water to be clear!

How can our projects be more cost effective but be the best product on the market?

I understand why people may ask this. I understand why someone would be skeptical. You want the Rolls Royce of swimming ponds so why does it cost less. The answer is HOW they’re built.

As a company our builds take less time. This is because in the reduction of groundwork’s and labour to create our swimming ponds. We don’t need huge regeneration beds which frankly become a breeding zone for silt and anaerobic bacteria.

Because of our system, we manage the pond from the outside where it’s easy to maintain and look after. And does not require to be rebuilt after 10 to 15 years.

So all this means;

  • Less build time
  • Less time of us in your garden
  • Less maintenance and far easier to maintain.
  • Less cost to you
  • Longer lasting investment.

This has been achieved with lots of research and development. We are now very proud of our Michael Wheat System and how its changing the industry to create SAFER swimming ponds for everyone.

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How Traditional swimming ponds are built and why we do ours differently

Will I need planning permission?

Some of our projects do go through planning. This is usually because they’re in an area of outstanding natural beauty, a listed building, or outside the curtilage of the garden. As we are essentially adding a wildlife pond to the area for the most part planning is easy to achieve. Once clients appoint us, we supply planners with plans and details needed for your application.

Are there MORE benefits of a Swimming pond?

What really makes a Swimming pond the obvious choice over a traditional pool, is that Swimponds are chemical-free and entirely eco-friendly.

In addition, they work in the same way as a pond would in attracting magnificent wildlife to your garden. Here are just a few things you’d probably see:

• Frogs swimming in the shallows of your swimming pond

• Dragonflies skimming across its surface

• Birds drinking and bathing in the water

The only thing you’d be missing is the fish. But I wouldn’t recommend introducing them to a Swimming pond. And there’s a very good reason why…

You see, the water of a swimming pond is crystal clear, clean, and silky-smooth to swim in

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This is achieved through an unobtrusive filtration system and natural filtration provided by plants in the shallows of your pond.

But introduce fish to the mix, and they’ll begin to produce waste.

That’ll lead to making your water cloudy and can even make it unsafe to swim in.

However, you can have a separate section of the pond exclusively for fish while you still enjoy the benefits of freshwater swimming.

We’ve had clients ask for this in the past, and we’re always more than happy to design and build it for them.

Every Swimming pond we build is unique, keep reading to learn more about our design process.

What makes us unique?

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We create swimming ponds that are bespoke to you.  

Our designers use technical drawings to plan every detail down to the last pebble and plant, to make sure everything is perfect for you.

If you put your trust in our fantastic team of experts – this is what you’ll get:

When you enquire about your project, you’ll get a copy of our full design plan, which explains in detail, our whole process. 

Then our expert consultants speak to you to find out exactly how you want your pond to look…
Factoring in things like: 

• How much you want to invest 
• The layout of your garden (our site surveyors will visit you to conduct a survey) 
• What water and landscape features you might want 
• And estimating a time-frame that best fits your schedule 

And that all sounds great, right?

Well, most important of all, if you don’t like any aspect of it, we keep working until it’s perfect

Any kind of pond will be a major change to your garden and its landscape. 

And you wouldn’t build an extension to your home without designing and planning it first. 

A swimming pond is no different. We want to make sure the pond we build and your dream pond are the same. 

You won’t have to leave anything to doubt, through our 2D and 3D renderings and first-class customer service. 

With our specialist team working on your project, by the end you’ll have a Swimming pond you can enjoy year-round. 

To work with our team, your design investment for a Swimpond project would be ÂŁ1797.

Enjoyment isn’t the only thing a Swimming pond will bring. 

It will also…

• Raise the value of your property considerably (more than any swimming pool would)… 

• Attract more beautiful wildlife to your garden… 

• Get your friends and family excited every time they visit…

• And will leave you with less lawn to mow (in fact, they’re even less maintenance than a lawn!)

How we guarantee crystal clear water from Day One .

Not only do we create swimming ponds that are bespoke to you.  

Our swimming ponds are industry leading with the Michael Wheat System giving you the safest swimming pond experience available around the world and the water is crystal clear from day 1.

View the video below to find out how.

Sit back, relax and let us make your dream a reality…

You can just sit back carefree knowing your project is in the hands of an expert team who have already built hundreds of stunning ponds.

We understand that in the world of construction, not everything goes as planned. However, we always make sure you receive the build you trusted us to construct.  You have every right to be thorough when looking for a company to manage a big project like a swimming pond.

So, let me put you at ease.

Or rather, let our past clients put you at ease. Here’s what it’s like to work with us:

Still not Sure?

I know that a swimming pond is an investment. If you’re not ready to commit to the project yet, that’s fine. You might not have a vision for your dream pond at the moment…

And if you don’t, our team will always be here to help you.

Our specialist design team can tell you:

• Where the perfect spot for your pond would be.

• What size swimming pond would best fit your garden.

• What plant life and filtration we can use to guarantee crystal clear water.

• And build a 3D model to show you exactly how your pond will look.

Talk to us today if that sounds like something you would like to hear.

P.S. Our team is never too busy to talk. 

As we keep growing as a business, we want to help as many people as possible in realising their dream of a beautiful garden.  So, if you’d like us to help you with yours, grab your phone and…

A swimming pond should be Safe, Easy to Maintain and Stunning to look at!

In the video is a site visit completed by Michael visiting a Swimming pond (NOT, installed by Pond by Michael Wheat) and in need of help.

SEE what can go wrong if a swimming pond isn’t installed properly!

We can transform the empty space in your garden into a place where you can be at one with nature and create memories that last a lifetime. Your friends and family will be excited every time they come to visit.

Now picture this… It’s a hot day. One of those where you can’t escape from the heat no matter how hard you try. Being able to jump into the cool, refreshing water of a Swimming Pond in your back garden.

There’s no beating that.

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Why choose a Swimming Pond?

You might be torn between the decision of a swimming pool or a swimming pond…

Or maybe you’ve been planning for a pond and wondered what it’d be like to swim in it…

OR you might already have a pond or a swimming pool, but you’ve stumbled across SwimPonds and want yours to be converted.

If you relate to any of these…

And if you don’t want a big ugly blue rectangle ruining the view out your window in your garden…that needs year-round treatment to stay clean and safe to swim in.

But instead…

You’d prefer a natural swimming pool that seamlessly flows into the countryside and blends into its surroundings…

Creating a beautiful place for you, your friends, and your family to enjoy. Where you won’t have to worry about:

~ expensive heating bills;

~ harsh chemicals filling your pool; or

~ weekly labour and maintenance costs.

If that all sounds good to you, then you’ll never regret your investment into a swimming pond.

How can swimming in a pond be clean?

A swimming pond is naturally filtered through plant life and a biological filtration system. The water is crystal clear and will leave you feeling cleaner after swimming than any chlorinated pool would.

Won’t it be too cold to swim in?

There’s really no need for expensive heating (although it is an option if you’d like it). In the summer, swimming ponds generally sit between 26 and 29 degrees. 

We can’t deny that in the winter and autumn, they do get cold. Although we’ve still had clients tell us they’ve swam in it every single day! But no matter how cold it gets, you will never have to cover it for half the year – as you would with a pool.

A swimming pond will remain a beautiful part of your garden year round.

Swimming Pond Design Process

Now, we don’t just build swimming ponds. We design them exactly to your design brief and the practicalities of your site. Whether it’s a natural or formal design, we plan every detail down to the last pebble. The design cost for swimming pond projects is £1,797.

Here’s what we’ll do for you…

Swimming Pond Build Process

Once you’re satisfied with the design process, we move onto the next stage. As well as building your pond, we always aim to deliver a smooth and hassle-free experience for our clients.

You can sit back worry-free knowing that your project is in the hands of an expert team who have already built hundreds of stunning ponds.

There won’t be any inconvenience to you.

Our projects start from ÂŁ75,000.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Do I need planning permission for a swimming pond?

You will need planning approval if your home is listed, if you wish to construct on agricultural land, or if you live in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

2. Can you convert an existing swimming pool or pond into a swimming pond?

Yes you can. The costs of a conversion are the same as new build.

3. How much does a natural swimming pond cost?

Our starting prices for a Hybrid Swimming pond start from ÂŁ75,000 and for designs which require the more construction of installing a block wall for swimming zones start from ÂŁ95,000. Our projects are all bespoke to the clients vision and fully accurate costing our given upon completion of our design plan.

4. How deep should a natural swimming pond be?

As with a conventional swimming pool most swimming ponds will have a shallow end and deep end. The depth is dependent on your design and the purpose so it meet the functionality. For swimming ponds which are for the family and may experience diving into the deep-end we recommend from 1.8 meters deep.

5. What type of maintenance is required?

Regular maintenance includes cleaning, checking filters, and ensuring water quality so not NO maintenance however its is a lot lower than a swimming pool and there’s no chemicals

Latest Swimming Ponds We’ve Built

We’ve built full project Swimming ponds from £65,000.

We offer you the option to subcontract your own local groundwork team to carry out the excavation and soil removal.

This can bring our costs down.

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