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VOSSEN  
   LIVING & HOME
SWIMMING PONDS ARE  
INNOVATIVE
The swimming pond principle is easily
­explained: Although a natural swimming
pond is man-made and designed, the look is
that of a pond in nature. Half of the water is
for swimming, the other half is a recharging
zone and is lavishly filled with aquatic plants.
Here, the right mix of underwater, marsh
and reed plants plays an important role,
­because these plants function as natural
­filters. Together with algae, insects and a
huge variety of microorganisms, decorative
plants are able to clean and clarify the water
– natural water treatment par excellence! In
the case of swimming ponds “with techno­
logy” pumps are also used which clean the
surface of the water at regular intervals. In
the interests of sustainability, these pumps
are often solar-­powered. As a rule, the more
technology used, the clearer the water – but
the greater and more expensive the main­
tenance.
GREEN OASES ARE  
ECOLOGICALLY VALUABLE
Chlorine-free water creates a fantastic micro-
climate. It plays host to microscopic creatures,
provides a habitat for toads and dragonflies,
and gives diverse aquatic plants sufficient
space to grow. Biotopes of this kind are both
decorative and valuable. Water lilies not only
please the eye, they also prevent the spread of
algae. Flourishing shoreline plants store nutri-
ents and deliver oxygen deep down. Under-
water plants improve the water quality. The
area around the pond should be as natural as
possible, laid out, for example, as a meadow
or as a bed for herbaceous perennials, to pro-
vide a retreat for animals and, at the same
time, to create a harmonious transition to the
garden. Wooden decks made of larch, pine or
locust wood, and pebble beaches, round out a
properly ecological structure.
NATURAL PONDS SAVE COSTS
AND ENERGY
Natural swimming ponds are filled with
­water only once. Then the water level regu-
lates itself automatically in our latitudes. This
reduces the CO
2
footprint and cuts water
costs. The acquisition costs are in direct rela-
tion to the owner’s wishes with regard to size
and architecture. High-end natural ponds
cost 500 euros upwards per square metre.
But once the pond has been built and has
grown together with nature, there are no
G
reen swimming ponds are
replacing blue chlorine pools
everywhere. We’ll give you
five reasons why a natural swimming
pond in your garden is a good idea.
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