Wendy Bathurst, Hertfordshire
Wendy Bathurst lives near Kings Langley in Hertfordshire. She already had a small wildlife pond in her garden. When she heard about swimming ponds she wondered if she might be able to swim in it…
"I go down there every day; it’s so beautiful just to listen to the buzz, the birdsong and the trickling of the water.
"Sometimes I swim; sometimes I just come and sit. It is so much more than a pool area could be – a place for wildlife and beautiful insects, like Emperor dragonflies; a place to work and just think about things.
"Swimming in it is a magical experience. The depth is just right: I can stand with my head just out of the water and watch nature at work. The water is beautiful and feels – how to describe it? – silky.”