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A natural swimming pool is an exciting feature for a garden. The water is purified by plants instead of chlorine so it has a sweet smell and softness on the skin which is enticing to swimmers, while the aquatic plants and marginals provide endless opportunities for keen gardeners.

The simple swimming ponds are cleaned exclusively by plants while more sophisticated pools add various types of filter to limit the growth of algae and keep the water sparkling.

Decades of experience lies behind this practical handbook which will steer you through the design and planting options and give you the confidence to hire a contractor or build a pool yourself.

These living freshwater ecosystems provide a valuable habitat for beneficial insects and will delight swimmers, gardeners and nature lovers.

© The Royal Horticultural Society 2017