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Our own Natural Pool

Surface area 300m2, swim zone 150m2, regeneration zone and plant filter 150m2.

Ellicar Natural Pool, a magnet for wildlife, the focal point of Ellicar Gardens and our family life and the first natural pool we designed and constructed. Featured in numerous publications around the world with international awards for design and construction.

With its 150m2 swim zone surrounded by a regeneration zone and plant filter, this natural pool is filtered and purified entirely using Biotop's natural pool technology, harnessing the natural filtration of water plants. The swimming area is 25m long, great for swimming lengths, with a gently shelving beach that heats up quickly in spring, popular with young children. The deep end is 2.75m deep, great for diving, and a sun deck provides a living area right by the water's edge.

This pool is a magnet for wildlife. Notts Bat group recorded 7 species over the water alone, we have rare dragonflies and damselflies and a kingfisher visits regularly.

The pool heats up naturally with good natural thermal gain due to the stone coping, filtration grits area and beach boulders, often reaching 24C in Summer and was 26C for 2 weeks in the recent heatwave.

The pool is popular with all ages, local scouts visit regularly for water safety sessions and many visitors come to the garden especially to sit quietly beside the water's edge, watching the wildlife come and go.


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