VIDEO! Man built Britain’s first DIY natural swimming pool in his back garden

Inspires hundreds around the world to create their own

 

  • David Pagan Butler, 54, a filmmaker from Saxthorpe, Norfolk, built the pool
  • It works with plants and animals to provide hygienic water for swimming
  • His step-by-step YouTube video guide has received five million views 

A man has wholeheartedly embraced summer by creating his own eco-friendly, natural swimming pool – in his back garden.

David Pagan Butler, 54, a filmmaker from Saxthorpe, Norfolk, built a pool that serves as a fresh water habitat and works with plants and animals to provide hygienic water for swimming.

A circulation system driven by a standard aquarium air pump moves the water through plant beds, sand and gravel, down to drainage pipes – and the water is filtered by the micro-organisms living there.

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A circulation system driven by a standard aquarium air pump moves the water through plant beds, sand and gravel, down to drainage pipes – and the micro-organisms in that zone filter the water
As a result there is no need for chemical disinfectants like chlorine (pictured: Felix Pagan, nine, watches on as his brother Theo, 11, and his dad jump into the pool)
As a result there is no need for chemical disinfectants like chlorine (pictured: Felix Pagan, nine, watches on as his brother Theo, 11, and his dad jump into the pool)

As a result there is no need for chemical disinfectants like chlorine.

The pump only uses 30 watts, a tenth used by a regular swimming pool pumping system.

On average, an eco-friendly swimming pool costs around £6,000 to build – but nothing to maintain.

Mr Butler, a father-of-four, is now teaching others to do the same through the creation of an informative step-by-step self-build video, which has been viewed more than five million times on YouTube.

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On average, an eco-friendly swimming pool costs around £6,000 to build – but nothing to maintain.

Mr Butler, a father-of-four, is now teaching others to do the same through the creation of an informative step-by-step self-build video, which has been viewed more than five million times on YouTube.

 

Natural pools from all around the world – including America, Brazil, Mongolia and Thailand – have been built thanks to Mr Butler’s help.

He said: ‘I’ve always been interested in swimming in wild water, free from chemicals, because afterwards you feel so much better than if you had swam in a conventional pool.’

‘I feel flattered to be part of this, for me making a pond is the greatest thing as people can help wildlife and help themselves. I’m just honoured to be a part of this.’

Mr Butler claims people have said they feel restored after using the pools.

Credits:  Daily mail

 

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