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Privacy, safety, beauty and convenience are key considerations when landscaping around
swimming pools.
Plants provide beauty and privacy around a pool. They soften harsh lines of swimming pool
equipment and help blend more naturally with the surrounding environment. Strive for low-
maintenance plants. You don’t wan’t large deciduous trees around a swimming pool, as you’ll end up
fishing leaves out of the water! Even needle-bearing evergreen trees can be messy. And as beautiful as
flowers are, be aware that they, too, can be bee-magnets. Even worse, plants with invasive root systems
can damage a swimming pool over the years.
Fencing around swimming pools is a must when small children are present, for the
purpose of safety. The right fence design can also offer you privacy. If you don’t like
the look of a fence, soften it by training vines to grow over it; the vines will enhance
privacy to boot. Another safety feature around pools is outdoor lighting.
Patios provide not only beauty, but safety for swimming pool areas. Climbing out of
the swimming pool, you can be assured of a slip-resistant surface to land on with a
scarred concrete patio. If you opt for a brick patio instead, be sure to keep the surface
of the bricks rough (you’ll have to clean moss off patios periodically). For convenience around
swimming pools, nothing beats a closed gazebo in which you can change into/out of your
clothes and relax in the shade.
Soft resin coping stones
he arrival on the market of soft resin As has happened to me on too many
coping stones that could be occasions in the past, with specific resin
retrospectively fitted to swimming pools applications, I soon realised I had bitten off
could change the style of landscaping more than I could chew.
pools all over the world not just in the UK. For the next few weeks the route from my
The idea comes from chemist and engineer factory to their offices was well worn with
Mark Hempleman-Adams who claims the prototype after prototype. It was evident why
stones have “ all the necessary physical there wasn’t such a product on the market,
properties that are needed; tear resistance, technically what was required was too
UV resistance, chemical resistance, slip difficult. After about 6 months of setbacks I
resistance, and it looks great too”. began to think I would have to give up on the
The idea for the swimming pool safety whole idea, but at the time I was doing some
coping stone came while he was on work on another project where I was using a
holiday watching his children jumping in luminescent powder and I wondered how it
and out of a pool in the South of France. would look if it were luminescent.
“My son was trying to pull my daughter This gave me a new impetuous as not
off an inflatable bed that she had managed only would I have a soft safety coping that
to stand up on and I was trying to relax by would reduce the chances of serious injury,
the side of the pool but all the time I was it would glow at night making it safer to
worrying that she was going to come see the edge of the pool which would help
crashing down and hit her head on the prevent them from falling in.
coping stones.” However, this new found impetus
“I went to see friends of mine who have started to wane again as the same
a pool installation business, Philip and technical problems kept coming up and,
Kenneth Fernandez at Pool World in whilst I hadn’t lost the belief in the need
Corsham who have been in the business for the product, it was taking up virtually
for more than 30 years, and I asked them all my time and was costing so much
how much safe soft coping stones were? money in time and materials and testing.
They looked at me with a blank expression However, I did keep chasing the ideal
and informed me that they had never heard product which entailed talking to numerous
of such a thing but if such a thing existed it industrial chemists and scientists. It became
would be fantastic as so many customers had clear that they too knew that it was beyond
voiced the same concerns that I had. their existing knowledge and as bright as
I first went to a Patent Attorney to get these people are they tend to deal in their
them to do some worldwide searches and own particular areas and to achieve this
to file a patent on the idea and technology end product it would need to span a
I had in mind. I was going to start making variety of disciplines.
soft resin coping stones and because resin I am pleased to say I have, at long last,
ABOVE: Chemist and engineer Mark
Templeman-Adams – high hopes for his
is so versatile I would make them in any come up with the product. My big decision
unique soft resin luminous coping stones
shape and any colour. now is how best to go to market? spn
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