We’re 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 zoo’s 40-acres, primarily tending the zoo’s entrance, which is where we’ve chosen to position the new seat.
Zoo Director Derek Grove, said: “We were all saddened by Paul’s 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.”