Bench remembers Paul

Were remembering DZG gardener, Paul Oakley, with a memorial wooden bench located in the area where he used to tend.

Paul, pictured right, who worked as part of our on-site gardening team – pictured above – for more than two decades, passed away last year.

The 66 year-old spent 21 years helping maintain the zoos 40-acres, primarily tending the zoos entrance, which is where weve chosen to position the new seat.

Zoo Director Derek Grove, said: We were all saddened by Pauls death as he was a popular member of staff who always offered a smile and a chat.

We wanted to mark the huge part he played in DZG life and we thought the bench was a fitting tribute as staff and visitors can use it and remember him in the place he loved.