Naomi Sheldon with some of the seaweed deposited in the front garden of her neighbour’s house in Berkeley, Gloucestershire
Bemused residents in a quiet suburban street thought there was something fishy about the weather when it literally started raining seaweed.
They were stunned to find their homes, gardens and cars littered with the smelly marine algae after a stormy weather spout swept up the debris from a beach 20 miles away.
Weather experts believe the seaweed was picked up from Clevedon Beach in North Somerset by a twister during freak weather conditions on the coast.
It was then carried through the air – before being deposited on the quiet street in Berkeley, near Cheltenham, Glos.
Stunned engineer Dr Richard Overton, 55, and his wife Kay, collected an entire bucket full of the green slime from their front garden.
He said: “I looked out of the window after a very big storm finished and to my amazement there were lots of flakes of seaweed scattered over the garden.
“I’ve heard stories of fish being picked up and dumped by storms but never seaweed. I was just so surprised.”
Other residents on ‘The Common’, an up-market lane which overlooks acres of fields, also found seaweed in their gardens.
Neighbour Steven Belton said: “We had really heavy rain yesterday, our garden was almost flooded.
“We didn’t really notice anything out of the ordinary but after speaking to Richard and Kay we found quite a lot of the seaweed in out driveway.
“It’s very strange; just so, so odd.”