Sheila’s green gift

DZG has a green future, thanks to a gift inspired by family memories from the past nine decades.

dzg_carl_plants_trees_4_copy_0_0Long-term supporter, Sheila Lowe, from Stourbridge, contacted us after learning that gardeners are planting hundreds of trees across our 40-acre wooded hillside site.

Sheila, 82, said: “I read about the trees in ZooNooz and I wanted to contribute in some way as we’ve had lots of good times at the zoo as a family, so I decided to donate a couple of trees.”

The trees have been planted in memory of her parents – Gilbert and Laura Allen – who met in the gardens in the 1920s – and her late husband, Gerald, who spent many happy years visiting the zoo with Sheila and their children and grandchildren.

Sheila added: “I’ve supported lots of animals over the years, but I can’t get up on site as much as I’d like now. I still sponsor Inca and snow leopards Margaash and Nanga, but thought sponsoring trees would be a nice way to remember my parents and celebrate all the special times we’ve spent at DZG as a family.”

Head Gardener Carl Stevens purchased a maple and a beech tree with the donation which have been planted on the lawn adjacent to the Reptile House.

Carl – pictured above – said: “It was very kind of Sheila to think of us and we were delighted to add to our tree collection.

“We hope they will flourish for years to come and be a fitting way to commemorate her family ties with the site.”