Moving Water and the Oasis

What is it about the sound of moving water that is so relaxing and engaging at the same time? Whether it is the bubbling mountain stream, or the sound of breaking waves on the shore – we are either mesmerised or transported to our happy place.

According to Wikipedia “Ancient water features were powered using gravitational forces, man power or animals to pump in the water. Since the 18th century, the majority of water features have been powered by pumps. In the past, the power source was sometimes a steam engine, but in modern features it is almost always powered by electricity”

Moving water has another more practical element. Those who have done any extended outdoor hiking or survival training will know that you never drink from a stagnant pool, whilst fast moving fresh water is considered to be a lot safer. In tropical areas stagnant water is a breeding ground for mosquitos, and is a better incubator for many bacteria and parasites.

But since most of us are never going to be Bear Grylls, we can retreat to the pure enjoyment of having running water in our outdoor room as a design feature that doubles as a pleasurable sound in our homes.

Stacked stone makes an excellent backdrop for a water feature, and bricks can be used to construct a formal pond or pool.

If you are considering a water feature, come and visit one of our three display superstores or visit for a little inspiration.