Hidden talents!

We’ve discovered our Head Gardener, Carl Stevens, has hidden talents…

He may spend his days making our 40-acre site look blooming lovely, but by night he becomes a kickboxing champ!

The 53 year-old has just secured his 4th Dan black belt in Lau Gar freestyle kickboxing, after committing to 2,400 hours of training at Dudley’s Saracens Martial Arts, which breaks down as six hours a week, 50 weeks a year for eight years!

Carl, who has worked at DZC for more than 35 years, said: “I’m quite honoured to have achieved this latest belt.

“I initially took it up for exercise, but then thought I quite liked it and it went from there and when I think about what I can do now compared to back then, I’m really proud of what I’ve achieved.

“There’s always something to learn and I’m now helping train others too. It’s been a lot of hard work, but I really enjoy it.”

Well done Carl!