hero of the month – april 2016

Each month we are picking someone we feel deserves some recognition, be they an established celebrity, or more of a local celeb – We want to thank these everyday heroes for the things they have achieved.

This month we looked close to home and have picked Ron Morris from Weird Fish Head Office. Some of you may be familiar with Ron, he is not only a fantastic member of the Distribution Centre team, but in his own time he also co-created, and painstakingly maintains the Weird Fish Car Park Garden.

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the weird fish garden – wild flowers

One of our lovely stockists Haskins Garden Centre have been kind enough to help us out with our award winning car park garden. Apart from giving us some fantastic gardening tips in their guest blog by Alasdair Urquhart, they have also been sending us seeds. (See here for our broad beans blog). This month they sent us some stunning wild flower seeds.

Firstly we mixed all the different seed packets together to give us a nice even mix as we sewed them.

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planting a spring hanging basket

Guest blog from Alasdair Urquhart, plant advisor at Haskins Garden Centres

“A well thought out hanging basket will lift any outdoor area, especially in spring. Here are some tips for creating one yourself and getting the best from it.” Alasdair Urquhart

1) Choose your basket.
Baskets come in all shapes and sizes, some even have a flat back that would be perfect for a wall mount. Choose one that suits your style. When hanging your basket, brackets and supports can be located on walls or sturdy garden frames, such as a pergola. Remember to position them so they are not a hazard to passing foot-traffic.

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giving nature a home with the rspb at weird fish

Some of you may be aware of our little garden, for those of you new to it, we shall explain.

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About 3 years ago Ron and Nick who work in our warehousing department took it upon themselves to make use of the dead space in our carpark. Filling it with flowers, plants and even fruits and veg. To read an interview with Nick and Ron you can view our blog from last year.

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the weird fish allotment

Until Nick Harford and Ron Morris got their hands on it, Weird Fish just had a normal car park. But with a little imagination and some elbow grease, these two Weird Fish employees brought some joy and colour to this neglected corner of our company. Today we want to pick their brains as to how they came up with the idea, what troubles they have faced, and what great plans they have for this little heaven in the future.

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Nick Harford and Ron Morris, the creators for the Weird Fish allotment

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