Weird Fish goes for gold in this year’s Cheltenham in Bloom

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Weird Fish goes for gold in this year’s Cheltenham in Bloom

Cheltenham-based clothing brand Weird Fish is aiming for gold in this year’s Cheltenham in Bloom. Weird Fish’s award-winning car park garden, created by Ron Morris and Nick Harford, won gold for best eco garden in last year’s competition and the team hope to keep hold of gold status.

Cheltenham in Bloom is devoted to keeping the town looking great through horticultural experience. Weird Fish first entered the awards in 2012 where they were awarded a merit, bronze was given in 2013, silver in 2014 and then gold in 2015. Weird Fish’s car park garden was judged last week, with the winners yet to be announced. An awards evening will take place later in the year.

The Weird Fish garden features a host of up-cycled materials including; a pond made out of a bath tub, a bird feeder made from an old rotary washing line and flowerbeds made from old car tyres. The garden is eco-friendly and resourceful, giving workers somewhere to sit and enjoy their lunch break.

Earlier this year Haskins Garden Centres in Dorset, provided broad bean seeds which have been grown, eaten and enjoyed by the Weird Fish team. The garden also has a larger allotment plot where five varieties of potatoes grow, as well as red and white onions, cabbages, peas and garlic. The addition of a poly tunnel has led to the growth of chillies, cucumbers and tomatoes.

Ron Morris, creator of the Weird Fish car park garden, commented: “I enjoy recycling objects for the Weird Fish garden as I like to try and use things people don’t want anymore. For example, I was given an old chandelier by a member of staff and turned this into a hanging basket feature.”

John Stockton, managing director at Weird Fish, said: “Being a local business we really want to give back to the community we live and work in. We’re proud to bring some joy and colour to a once-neglected car park.”

For more information about Cheltenham in Bloom, visit

Weird Fish clothing is available to buy nationally from Weird Fish retail stores and online. There are 13 branded stores and stockists include Debenhams, Cotswold Outdoor, Haskins and Blacks Leisure. For more information, visit

Posted : 27/07/2016 13:10:59

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