New event: Natural Pools planning for Landscape Architects

We're pleased to announce a new event specifically for Landscape Architects. In collaboration with the Society of Garden Designers, Sarah Murch of Ensata will provide an insight into the process of design with water and bringinG Natural Pools, Living Pools and Wildlife Ponds into the garden.

15th September 2016
Ellicar Gardens, Carr Rd, Gringley on the Hill, Doncaster, DN10 4SN
SGD Event Code: NE222

Natural Pools are becoming a popular and ecologically sound alternative to conventional swimming pools. Beautiful all year, they create a magical setting for an outdoor living space and can be contemporary, formal or naturalistic in design. Swimming in crystal clear, pure, living water has proven health benefits. A well-balanced natural pool is low maintenance, has low running costs, heats quickly with the sun and is a magnet for wildlife.

Planting in and around a Natural Pool is a plant designer’s dream, with possibilities for bog gardens, new perennial meadow schemes, wildflowers, and beach screen planting, bringing pool and garden together.

Similarly, a creative approach to the hard-landscaping elements of the pool may include features such as jetties, decks, paving, boulders, beaches, fountains, rills, cascades and weirs, using various hard materials suitable for a Natural Pool.

With advanced filtration technology, Natural Pools and Living Pools (without the water plants) can be created for anything from smaller gardens (a plunge pool to a lake) to commercial options for hotel spas, glamping sites and public spaces, with the first public Natural Pool opening last year in London- The Kings Cross Pond.

However still waters run deep and the key to the success of a Natural Pool is careful designing along with meticulous planning, keeping in mind the specific site and that maintenance must be regular and easy.

With experience designing and constructing Natural Pools for commercial and private clients and her family’s own much loved and award winning Natural Pool at Ellicar Gardens, Sarah hopes to inspire you to offer your clients this incredibly beautiful option for a swimming pool.

Target audience: Anyone who is interested in designing with water and bringing Natural Pools, Living Pools and Wildlife Ponds into the garden.

Registration and coffee at 09.30, DDD starts at 10.00 and finishing at 16.00.
The day will take you through:

  • The basic principles of designing a Natural Pool.
  • An insight into designing a user friendly natural pool site around the site specific and client requirements.
  • Designing a Natural Pool for practical and easy maintenance and water management.
  • Construction requirements and hard materials suitable for the pool finish and features.
  • Planting in and around the pool, integrating the Natural Pool into the existing garden.
  • Understanding realistic maintenance requirements for a Natural Pool.

Items to bring on the day:
Preferred form of taking notes, camera.
Swimming costume for anyone wanting to try out the Natural Pool.
Please bring a packed lunch (tea, coffee and cakes will be provided).

Special directions information: Please have a look at the website for further directions

Bookings on or before 05 August 2016
Members £75 inc VAT
Friends/Sister Org £85 inc VAT    
Student Members £55 inc VAT
Non Members £95 inc VAT

Bookings after 05 August 2016
Members £90 inc VAT
Friends/Sister Org £100 inc VAT    
Student Members £70 inc VAT
Non Members £110 inc VAT

VAT Reg: 700 7292 64.  Please note:  No refund will be given for cancellations.  Tickets cannot be transferred to other events.  Full refunds will be given should the event have to be cancelled for any reason.  No tickets will be sent out prior to this event.

This event is brought to you by your Regional Coordinator(s) for the SGD North East region: Camilla Grayley


Download the PDF booking form from HERE and
Mail it (address below)
Fax it to 01989 567 676
Or call the office on 01989 566 695 between 09:00 and 17:00 Monday to Friday with card details.