Yesterday I made my first extended journey out since  before the lockdown came in, indeed prior to official lockdown a number of Koi related things were cancelled as the government encourage cancellation of non essential journeys and meetings.

A visit to Koi Water Garden in Surrey had been tentatively scheduled to coincide with the completion of the latest Koi house at their invitation only quarantine and growing facility.  Unfortunately that completion was about a week before lockdown, as such few got to see the facility in its pristine newly finished state.

With return to work being allowed, coupled with the motive of locating a male Goshiki to add into my forthcoming Goshiki spawning, I headed out at 7am on a quiet M25 to make the 45 minute journey to Banstead in Surrey.

Koi Water Garden is one of the longest established Koi dealers in the UK, dating back to the early 90s.  Before that Managing Director Andrew Richards worked at Brit Koi, one of the original UK Koi dealers, and did a spell working on a Koi farm in Japan.

Koi Water Garden advert in BKKS magazine April 1997

Koi Water Garden advert in BKKS magazine April 1997

As well as being one of the oldest UK dealers, Koi Water Garden must surely be able to stake a claim to being one of the largest now as well.

Whilst the above store is now closed, another retail store exists a little down the road at 150 Epsom Road, Sutton, Surrey, SM3 9ES – find it here on Google Maps.  Coincidentally the retail store is scheduled to re-open today (Wednesday 20th May) following self enforced closure during lockdown (they could have opened under government guidelines as a pet shop).


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Koi Water Garden reopening for business 20th May

Koi Water Garden reopening for business 20th May

See the video below of my visit to the quarantine and growing facility, as well as the male Goshiki which was purchased to go into my breeding programme.

 

You can find Koi Water Garden’s website at – https://www.koiwatergarden.com – and on Facebook at – https://www.facebook.com/koiwatergardens/.

 


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