Couple spend £18,000 and two years turning their Gloucestershire garden into a ...

The backyard bayou: Couple spend £18,000 and two years turning their garden into a plant-filled natural swimming pool that cleans itself with rainwater Caroline and Jon Edwards built a natural swimming pool in their back garden in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, The pool was filled with rainwater from gutters and is kept clean naturally by the 1,500 plants surrounding it  The couple came up with the idea while watching a gardening DVD and spent £18,000 building the pool

By Kate Dennett For Mailonline

Published: 12:51 BST, 18 September 2020 | Updated: 13:23 BST, 18 September 2020

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A married couple spent two years building a natural swimming pool in their back garden that is surrounded by 1,500 plants, which keep the water clean.

Caroline and Jon Edwards, aged 56 and 55, built a chemical and chlorine-free pool in their back garden, which measures 14 metres by 9 metres, and is 2.4 metres deep. 

The married couple spent £18,000 building the pool at their home in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, after coming up with the idea while watching a gardening DVD in 2018. 

'Jon's natural swimming pool' comes complete with a sauna and decking, and is kept clean by the rainwater from the carefully chosen plants surrounding it.

A married couple spent two years and £18,000 building a natural pool in their back garden in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, surrounded by 1,500 plants

A married couple spent two years and £18,000 building a natural pool in their back garden in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, surrounded by 1,500 plants

Caroline and Jon Edwards, aged 56 and 55, (above) built the chemical and chlorine-free pool, which measures 14 metres by 9 metres, and is 2.4 metres deep

Caroline and Jon Edwards, aged 56 and 55, (above) built the chemical and chlorine-free pool, which measures 14 metres by 9 metres, and is 2.4 metres deep

Mrs Edwards said the most expensive part of the project was not the building itself (above) but buying the plants to keep the pool clean

The married couple spent £18,000 building the natural swimming pool in their back garden (pictured)

Mrs Edwards said the most expensive part of the building project (left and right) was buying the plants, as they had to make sure they had the right ones to keep the pool naturally clean

Mrs Edwards, a singing director, said: 'Jon hired a digger and started digging the lawn which is when I realised there was no going back - it took forever.

'I was sceptical at first but we managed to pull it off - it's absolutely

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