As part of a new naturalistic garden, we designed and specified a natural swimming pond to form the heart of the property which looks over a Hampshire chalk stream and water meadows.  Spoil from the excavation was used to form a large mound to complement the existing contours, provide privacy and shelter while embracing the pond and directing views to the pasture beyond.

These photos taken in late June when I enjoyed my first dip show how the pond already looks like it’s always been there.  The aquatics are established, the pond edge well hidden, the spoil mound well covered and the wild flower meadows are in flower.  The water was warm and clear even after the bad weather.  Having jumped off the oak jetty it was easy to climb out up the jetty rungs without having to touch the bottom at all.

Seven species of dragon fly have been spotted already this summer.  They were too quick for me to photograph then when I was up close in the water watching one lay eggs on a lily pad I no longer had my camera.  Water snails and newts have arrived and a king fisher enjoyed the sitting on the jetty posts in winter.

As the lower photos show, even in the depth of winter the organic shape of the pond, the strong curve of the mound reflected in the water with the trees and remains of the naturalistic planting provide all year interest.  Wildlife can be seen in the clear water which tempts you swim most of the year.

As well as planting suggestions, inspiration has been shared for vistas through the hedges and river banks and orchard meadows with mown paths which connect with the landscape.

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