Springbank Koi (or Springbank Koi and Pond Services to give it its full name) is a well established retailer in the North West of England, situated midway between the towns of Preston and Blackpool.  However, it is now under new ownership.

Map showing the location of Springbank Koi

Map showing the location of Springbank Koi

To see an interactive version of the Google Map click this link – https://goo.gl/maps/3hiQnVic1dw

At the end of 2016 Springbank Koi was acquired by hobbyist and local businessman Adam Brooks and since that time a huge amount of work has gone into the initial stages of refurbishing, and also restocking, the premises, including building new relationships with suppliers, as well as visiting Japan to purchase new stocks of Koi for the shop.

Adam is no stranger to Japan.  Like many people he rather stumbled into the hobby by accident.  On purchasing a new property with a pond in the garden some years ago he was presented with a dilemma; what to do with it, essentially meaning fill it in or keep it.  It transpired that the quotes for refurbishing and modernising what he subsequently learned was a ‘Koi pond’ were cheaper than the quotes for demolishing it and filling it in.  A new Koi hobbyist was born.  Thereafter Adam found his local Northern Koi Club, and it was club chairman, Tony McCann, who suggested Adam visit Japan for the first time.   Several trips have followed, most recently to the 2017 All Japan Koi Show where we were introduced to one another by Mat McCann, son of Tony, who now owns Beni Hanna Nishikigoi in the USA and who also used to work at Springbank Koi many years ago here in the UK.

On Sunday 19th March I visited Springbank Koi to catch up with Adam, and also Clayton Morris who is responsible for day to day running of the retail side of the business.  Clayton actually joined Springbank prior to Adam’s ownership, having completed a Diploma in Fisheries Management.  The ‘pond services’ side of the business is primarily undertaken by Jamie Wilding, with services including everything through to full design and construction.  Look out for some customer ponds in future articles on Nishikigoi.Life.

 


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'Old' Springbank sign

‘Old’ Springbank sign

As mentioned, since taking over the business the inside space has been refurbished, the guys tell me the outside signs will soon be replaced, so if you are heading out to Springbank any time in the future you’ll probably need to keep an eye out for a different sign to the one above.

Service counter

Service counter

Business cards

Business cards

Koi for sale

Koi for sale

Inside there are 4 main stock ponds (there are several more outside and under cover for lower quality Koi too).

Display ponds

Display ponds

Display ponds

Display ponds

Display ponds

Display ponds

Through the window of the main display pond

Through the window of the main display pond

There were some very attractive Koi in the main pond, the Showa on the right in the above picture particularly appealed.

Some residents of the main pond

Some residents of the main pond

The picture below sadly does little justice to this Hiroi Doitsu Showa, but neither would it flapping on the floor be of benefit to anyone….

Doitsu Showa bred by Hiroi Koi Farm

Doitsu Showa bred by Hiroi Koi Farm

One of the side ponds contained some tosai from Kawakami Koi Farm, primarily Goshiki with a few other Kawakami varieties including Beni Kumonryu and Kikusui.

With Adam and Clayton I couldn’t resist scooping some out into a bowl to have a closer look…


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Adam and Clayton selecting through tosai Goshiki from Kawakami

Adam and Clayton selecting through tosai Goshiki from Kawakami

Kawakami tosai Goshiki

Kawakami tosai Goshiki

The Koi may look a little skinny at present.  Having been fasted prior to shipping from Japan, they have only just recently received food again, in fact just yesterday Clayton posted a video of these Koi feeding on the Springbank FB page – https://www.facebook.com/Sprinbankkoi/videos/1467997356564182/

Kawakami tosai Goshiki

Kawakami tosai Goshiki

This little Goshiki caught my eye as being particularly interesting.  Clayton promises he’ll grow it on so we’ll see how it develops…

Kawakami tosai Goshiki

Kawakami tosai Goshiki

Some of the dry good on display

Some of the dry goods on display

As mentioned, the guys are busy rebuilding stocks of dry products in time for the start of the spring season.  Yesterday the following picture was posted as one of their frequent Facebook updates with the caption:

‘Well the stock is arriving thick and fast this week. New JBL stand has arrived containing everything from food, treats, test kits and treatments.’

New shelving with JBL products

New shelving with JBL products

Talking to Adam and Clayton about Koi and plans for the business it is clear that they are very passionate about both and that Springbank is in a state of continual change and update at the moment.  If you are in the area then be sure to pop in and see them.

You can keep track with what is going on at Springbank on their aforementioned Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/Sprinbankkoi/.    A new website is also forthcoming in the very near future at – http://www.springbankkoi.com.


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