My name is Richard, the founder of Creative Cascades based near Bishops Stortford. My ponds, waterfalls and streams are based on the natural eco-system method whereby in place of a pump house full of complicated equipment and pipes, I build around natural filtration principles, working in harmony with nature, bio-mimicry at the heart of the system.
^ Here I am working on the waterfall section of a wildlife pond & here below you see the finished pond section;
Water is filtered through constructed wetland filters via natural intake bays, specially constructed beneficial microbe chambers and anoxic trenches, with plants and microbes working in harmony to deprive algae & blanket weed of nutrients.
There is a place for manufactured filter boxes if clients would like to add these to their natural systems, but I do not build concrete rectangular Koi pool boxes with filter rooms attached as in my opinion these are really the domain of highly dedicated enthusiasts that have the time and energy to tweak and fiddle with their equipment to their hearts content. For me a pond or water feature should look as natural as possible, a stimulating habitat for fish or wildlife.
The magic of moving water induces an unrivaled sense of well being and calm, but far too many water features & ponds are poorly designed & constructed which means they soon become maintenance heavy & not the enjoyable, tranquil features clients had envisaged.
Guardian newspaper article on how being by water is good for body and mind;
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We call it the aquascape lifestyle - you don't know it yet, but your garden has the potential to be the most important place in your life.......
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