About The Author
Since leaving school with a good general education, Alan Hartley has had an interesting and varied career. The sometime bank clerk, lifeguard, nurseryman and fish-keeper eventually entered the family business of nurserymen with a thriving garden centre.
As a diversification, Alan began keeping fish in the nursery's water system reservoir and a natural progression soon saw him selling fish. There were relatively few aquatic retail outlets and expansion of his fish department came quickly, rapidly making it an important facet of the garden centre.
The philosophy of growing all the stock plants in house was followed as far as was practical with pond plants bought in as cuttings and grown on for sale. After his parents retired, Alan studied for the City & Guilds of London Institute Certificate in Pet Store Management in order to become licensed to run his own aquatic outlet at another garden centre. Whilst there, he began writing articles for the Pets column in the local newspaper in which he advertised. The response to these many contributions to the newspaper, encouraged Alan Hartley to assemble them and to edit them into book form and they now form the basis of this book, The Installation And Maintenance Of Fish Ponds.