DZG Media and Communications staff are celebrating Christmas in their new home by hanging traditional decorations from Victorian beams.
Head of Media and Communications, Jill Hitchman explained: “We moved from our original home in the Discovery Centre to free up more space for our Education Team’s growing agenda. “Due to the amount of work to do on the cottage we had a six-month interim stay in a Portakabin adjacent to the building you can imagine how pleased we were to move into the new offices, regardless of the fact that the plaster was barely dry!” The makeover has provided a self-contained suite of four offices / meeting rooms at the heart of the site and is already a much-used facility for Jill and Media and Communications Officers Rachel Hickman and Jane Thomas, trainee Megan Dickie and photographers Jason Skarratt and Phil Riley. Jill added: “When the zoo opened to the public in 1937 the cottage was used as living accommodation for the site’s Head Gardener and is known affectionately as Harry Hatch’s Cottage, in his honour. “Sadly, during the 1980s it became derelict and since that time was used for storage for gardening equipment with larger machinery in the outbuildings. “This year we had the opportunity to return the building to good use, via a joint venture between DZG and ERDF, and we love the result. “The refurbishment has also upgraded a much-visited area of the site and is part of of our ongoing development and investment programme.”