George makes the cut!

A new apprentice member of staff is making the cut as part of our gardening team.

George Share, who is currently studying Horticulture through BMet, is spending three days at DZG as part of his work based programme, helping maintain our 40-acre landscaped site.

The 17 year-old, who also has two days a week in the classroom in Kidderminster, is getting to grips with petrol leaf blowers and high powered lawn mowers as he helps keep the zoo looking lovely for our visitors.

George, from Gornal, said: “I’m really enjoying it and I’m learning lots of new skills, including how to use a lawnmower with gears.

“I prefer being outside to being in a classroom and getting to mow the lawns of a castle is very different.”

Gardener Anthony Gwilt, said: “George has quickly settled into the park maintenance team and is proving to be hard worker.”

DZG has a team of seven dedicated gardeners who make up our longest serving department, collectively clocking up more than 130 years’ employment.

They work diligently behind the scenes, in all weathers, to tend to the site, including its 2.2km roads and pathways.

Give them a wave hello the next time you’re on site!