Local gardener Glen Gardiner is using the latest technology to nurture rare corals
Glen Gardiner has established a business importing rare corals from Australia. Through the use of high tech equipment he is able to ensure the corals are perfectly preserved. However it is important to emphasise that the corals he imports only come from managed and sustainable reefs in Australia.
Coral are living creatures and looking after them can require expert care- caring for the creatures involves checking light cycles and water quality on a regular basis. His reputation has clearly been a positive one with clients from all over the UK. While it is his business coral is also clearly his passion “I am not a religious man but to think these things exist in all these beautiful colours is absolutely unbelievable. I spend a lot of time with them, hand feeding and checking on them. They become part of your life. I put my all into it and they give me a lot of pleasure. But people have got to do their homework, that is the priority in keeping them alive.”
For Glen’s clients sourcing these corals isn’t cheap- one client in London paid £250,000 for his alone. The only downside is a lot of travel and it is hoped that his recent success will allow him to spend more time with his family.