David Pagan Butler, 54, a filmmaker from Saxthorpe, Norfolk, is inspiring and encouraging millions of people to make organic pools for their own health, wellbeing and all round joy. He set the movement rolling by creating his own eco-friendly, natural swimming pool – in his back garden. The best thing about the pool is that it needs no maintenance–that precisely means it’s a one-time investment. The freshwater habitat works with plants and animals to provide hygienic water for swimming.
The filmmaker captured his efforts on a camera and created an informative step-by-step self-build video– which is now helping others to do the same. The video has already been viewed 6 million times on YouTube. It’s all because of Mr Butler’s initiative that people are coming forward to create Natural pools.
How did the idea occur to him?
He said, “I’ve always been interested in swimming in the wild water, free from chemicals because afterwards, you feel so much better than if you had swum 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.”
“Our landscape used to have thousands upon thousands of ponds, but through agricultural practice and land development, most have been lost. By encouraging people to make organic pools for their own health, wellbeing and all round joie de vivre, they are simultaneously creating valuable habitats and stepping stones for wildlife across our landscape.”