Organic Gardener magazine request

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  1. Justin Robinson

    Justin Robinson Junior Member

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    Hi gardening folk,
    I'm hoping someone can help who has a copy of the summer 2002 edition of Australian organic gardener magazine, this edition featured an article on "natural swimming pools" and showed a frog on the cover sunbathing!
    Specifically I'm after a reference in the body of the article for a text book written by an english fella who builds natural pools, from recolection it's right at the end of the article.
    can anyone help? send me an E-mail or please post it up, it's getting hot and we have to get this thing built!
    Thanks heaps.
     
  2. gardenlen

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    g'day justin,

    don't know if the following text will help all i could find on my records and the summer edition of organic gardener is one i don't appear to have but will keep looking.

    begin copy:

    Taking the Plunge Naturally

    Imagine having a swimming pool which cleans itself with plants and requires no chemicals.
    Landscape designer, Michael Littlewood, presents a design that is beautiful, healthy,
    ecologically diverse and less expensive than conventional pools.

    Article first published in 'Permaculture Magazine' No. 26
    There can be no doubt that swimming in water containing chemicals does have an adverse effect on many people’s health, both internally and externally. If you are living a holistic lifestyle, eating organic produce, using alternative medicine, drinking spring water etc., then it makes sense to avoid swimming in a pool containing chemicals.
    To be able to swim in natural water is sheer bliss. Not only is the exercise good, but the water is also of considerable benefit too. While some people will have room in their garden for their own pool there are many others who do not and have to use the public facility – a chemical version – if there is one.
    A natural swimming pool can be built more cheaply than a conventional pool and its maintenance will cost considerably less. You should allow approximately £180 to £200 per square metre in the budget and be aware that, as with every building project, each site has its own demands and personal variations. It may also be possible to offset some of the costs by doing some of the construction work yourself. The real savings with natural swimming pools are on equipment, storage space for chemicals and the chemicals themselves. Natural pools also only need an annual visit to attend to the plants and check the filters and skimmers.
    Like many ecological projects, costs cannot be compared solely on construction. Besides saving on ongoing maintenance and increasing biodiversity, the natural pool uses less manufactured materials which have to be transported to the site. Creating a self-cleaning water system inevitably benefits local wildlife and there is also no risk of releasing chemicals into the atmosphere or the local waterways and drains.
    Even in this country with its temperate climate there are no really good reasons why every community, be it hamlet, village, town or city, should not have the benefits of being able to swim in a natural pool. There are many ways of increasing the water temperature at certain times of the year quite easily and cheaply.
    At the Ebbw Vale Garden Festival I built an Edible Water Garden and because it was only open for six months, the water temperature was increased to ensure better growth for the flora and fauna.
    More and more communities, leisure centres and hotels in Europe are installing the combined swimming and natural pool. As construction costs are less expensive and maintenance costs are considerably reduced compared to a chemical pool, it also makes more sense to transform outdoor pools into bio-swimming pools than to renovate them at high cost.

    Natural Harmony
    While the season for swimming can be extended by the use of warmer water it is very important that the pool is sited in a sheltered location, especially from cold winds. Landform, planting, walls and fences all play a major role in the overall design to provide a microclimate suitable for swimming. Swimming in the summertime, even skating in a very cold winter or simply enjoying the features at other times, the natural pool can be a fascinating place in which to study nature.
    There are no hard transitions in nature, just as there are no exact edges and lines. Structures flow gently into one another, only we humans create harsh boundaries. The natural swimming pool realises the principle of harmonious co-existence as demonstrated by nature. While there is a separating wall between the swimming and regeneration zone – to avoid getting earth into the swimming pool area – the pool forms a natural unity of design and function.

    How It Works
    The swimming pool is separated into two areas – swimming and regeneration. The natural self-cleansing forces ensure a stable hygienically perfect water quality through its micro-organisms and plants. Special plant filters additionally clean the water so that even strict EU standards for swimming pools can easily be met.
    Perfect functioning and visible attractiveness create harmo-nious unity as demonstrated by the attractive creation of running brooks, flowing currents and water circulation. The recommended annual service to remove sediments and clean filters can be carried out by trained personnel or bio-swimming pool experts. Yet the best cleaning service is nature itself.

    Design & Construction
    The design has to consider: the needs for all the users of the pool; the area selected for the pool; the ground conditions; the need for shelter from winds; that it is not shaded by large trees or that leaves cause a nuisance. Services may have to be considered depending upon whether renewable energy can be used.
    The pool should not be larger than necessary as it will take time to warm up. Generally 2m (6Hft) is deep enough unless diving is required and a width of 4m (13ft) is ample for two people to swim side by side. Length is a matter decided by the user. Some people want to swim a good length while others do not mind a short one. The design should cater for children by having large shallow areas. These will also warm up quicker especially if black sand and gravels are used.
    The advantage of a natural swimming pool design is that it is part of the landscape or garden and it is aesthetically pleasing at all times of the year. It also provides a habitat for wildlife to share.
    This article describes a design for natural swimming pools invented by Peter Petrich who founded Biotops in 1984, a company based in Austria. Peter has tried and tested the design many times and Biotops have now built over 1,000 pools in Europe. Designing and building swimming pools without chemicals could have serious health risks if done incorrectly. There is therefore an ongoing programme of scientific research to ensure water quality and that the pools fulfil the strict EU legal standards. There is no doubt that the design is both practical and safe and that these pools enhance the landscape. What a difference there is between a conventional chemical system with its hard landscaping, often heated by an oil-fired boiler, and a self-cleansing natural pool, heated by solar and usable all the year round



    Contact
    Michael Littlewood, The Old Forge, The Pound,
    Shepton Beauchamp, Ilminster, Somerset TA19 0LD.
    Tel/Fax: 01460 241847.
    Email: [email protected]

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    i did have a link to somewhere that showed how a pool should look but can't find it right now, hoping the above info' may help.

    len 8)
     
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    Yeah thanks Len, I'll E-mail this fella and see where I can get a hold of the text book he's written. I thought there was a reference list at the end of that article with the name of his book there, no matter I reckon he should know its name, thanks for the text too, sounds inviting hey! cheers mate.
     
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    Natural Swimming Pools

    It must be the season Justin, I was recently referred to that Organic Gardener article but have not been able to find a source of back copies. I did find the stuff Len mentions using an internet search (btw thanks Len!) but most of what comes up is commercial suppliers and most of them are in Europe. I did not realise that Littlewood had a book; I will endeavour to get a copy also.

    Cheers,

    Mark Goodman
     
  6. Chook Nut

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    The article says there aren't any Aussie books.... the closest you will come to is:

    Planting Welands and Dams: A Practical Guide to Wetland Design, Construction and Propagation.

    or.... Water Garden Plants and Animals: The Complete Guide for All Australia.

    Both are published by The Uni of NSW Press.

    or.... there is a UK based person you can contact, they are: Michael Littlewood, The Studio, Rock Nursery, Station Hill, Chudleigh, Devon TQ13 OEE, England; Email: [email protected] or his book Landscape Detailing: Water Vol 4(Architectural Press)

    Hope this helps.... i enjoyed reading the article back then.

    Cheers.... Dave
     
  7. Justin Robinson

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    Yeah thanks Dave

    That's exactly what I was after mate, we're gonna build a natural swimming pool next winter and thought we'd pick that text up to save reinventing the wheel or "low input swimming pool" in this case, big thanks to all you guys who posted, I'll keep you posted on our progress, and if anyone knows of such a pool in S.E. Qld we can check out, let me know,

    Thanks again,

    Justin.
     

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