Mary and Matt Norris, Hampshire
Mary and Matt Norris live in the New Forest, and for them the decision to get a swimming pond was largely kid-driven...
“We’ve got a heron that stands on the jetty every now and then, a kingfisher, baby newts, toads and frogs. The children love the newts and the tadpoles which are great fun. So it is a natural ecosystem and I completely subscribe to that.
“I do say to people it’s not maintenance free. You do still have to skim and vacuum it. I would never swap it though. It’s like having a great big flowerbed in your garden. You have to tidy it, you have to weed it, you have to take the leaves out from it and trim it. I like the time spent on it though - I have a very personal relationship with it.
“For Matt it’s a complete antidote to the day, jumping in when he gets back in the evening. There’s not one moment that we thought we’d made the wrong decision. Not once.”