Koi Carp worth £7,725 stolen from Squire’s Garden Centres

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On Friday 10 th March ten extra large Koi Carp and one Sturgeon were stolen from the display pond at Squire’s Garden Centre in Badshot Lea, near Farnham. Intruders broke in late on Friday evening, and took these very valuable fish, which are worth a total of £7,725.

The Koi Carp are between 22”-26” in length (which is over half a metre). They were selected in Israel for their quality by Squire’s Pets & Aquatics Manager, and then carefully imported from Israel to Squire’s in Badshot Lea.

Deputy Chairman Sarah Squire commented, “We are all absolutely devastated that this theft has happened, and are very concerned about the welfare of the fish, as they require a large pond or facility with well-filtered oxygenated water. Pet welfare is at the top of our agenda at Squire’s. We urge people to come forward if they have any information.”

If you know anything about this theft then please get in touch with Surrey Police by calling 101 or email waverley@surrey.pnn.police.uk.


About Squire’s Garden Centres

Squire’s Garden Centres is a successful family-owned horticultural business that serves the local community. There are 15 Squire’s Garden Centres to discover across Surrey, Sussex, Berkshire, Middlesex, North and West London.

Last year Squire’s celebrated their 80th anniversary. The business was founded by D.J. Squire in 1936, initially as a landscape gardening business which then developed into one of the first garden centre businesses in the UK when Twickenham opened in 1964.

Since then the company has become one of the best success stories in the industry, remaining in the Squire family under the leadership first of D.J’s son Colin – who is still actively involved in the business – and, today, Colin’s daughter Sarah Squire who is Deputy Chairman.

Squire’s is at the forefront of developing best practice and innovation in the UK garden centre industry, and regularly wins industry awards such as:

RHS Hampton Court Flower Show 2016 & 2015

  • Gold & “People’s Choice” for their “80th Anniversary” Show Garden (2016)
  • Silver Gilt for their “Urban Oasis” Show Garden (2015)

Garden Centre Association Awards 2016 & 2015

  • “Best Plant Area” (Twickenham – 2016 & 2015)
  • “Creativity & Innovation Award” (Twickenham – 2015)
  • “Garden Centres of Excellence” (Milford – 2016)
  • “Best Indoor Lifestyle Retailer” (Shepperton – 2016 & 2015)
  • “Best Garden Products Retailer” (Shepperton – 2015)
  • “Best Garden Centre” (Hersham – 2015)
  • “Best Outdoor Living” (Hersham & West Horsley – 2015)
  • “Best Customer Service” (Badshot Lea – 2015)
  • “Environment & Community Award” (Cobham – 2015)

Garden Trade News Greatest Awards 2016 & 2015

  • “The Greatest Garden Centre Front Of House Teams” (Badshot Lea – 2016)
  • “The Greatest Garden Centre Chef” (Badshot Lea – 2015)
  • “The Greatest Garden Centre Catering Team” (Badshot Lea – 2015)


Squire’s has always had close connections with schools and the local community – with a particular passion for encouraging new generations of gardeners through a year-round programme of workshops for all ages and abilities. Squire’s also supports various local charities, which are chosen each year by staff at the different centres.

Squire’s is committed to offering a wide range of quality plants and garden products together with an extensive selection of garden furniture, houseplants and gifts. They continue their drive towards customer excellence with their highly qualified and experienced horticultural staff, on hand to help with plant related questions.

All the centres have a Café Bar on site, serving breakfast, drinks, snacks and lunch, and you can even indulge in a delicious afternoon tea! There is free parking at all of the centres, and many have a children’s play area.

Five of Squire’s Garden Centres also have an extensive pets and/or aquatic department. There’s a large selection of tropical and cold-water fish, as well as all the equipment you need to create the perfect environment for your fish. Visit the pets and aquatic departments at Squire’s in Badshot Lea, Cobham, Twickenham, Stanmore and Washington.

To discover your nearest centre, sign up to the newsletter, and to find out about the latest special offers please visit www.squiresgardencentres.co.uk