We’re enormously grateful to a Dudley-based builders merchant for some jumbo sacks to help keep our site spick and span. The Dudley branch of Selco Builders Warehouse, based on the Coneygree Industrial Estate on Coneygree Road, donated the giant sacks to make it easier for us to gather up fallen leaves. DZG Assistant Curator Jay … Continue reading Bags of help!
DZG gardeners have been busy clearing truckloads of leaves from paths, steps and banks across our 40-acre site. The team has used leaf blowers to gather leaves which then get collected up and either recycled into compost or some dry leaves get stored for our animals. Head Gardener Carl Stevens said: “Leaf clearing is our … Continue reading Leaf it to us!
New colour-coded recycling bins have gone out around the zoo to encourage visitors to help us separate out waste and become even greener. DZG already avoids 86 per cent of waste going to landfill through recycling – even our animal waste is composted down into fertilizer – but we want to do more. So far … Continue reading Talking rubbish!
Our gardeners have wheeled out 40 new green bins to keep a lid on the pesky problem of squirrels and badgers rummaging in rubbish. The zoo’s gardening team has taken delivery of the bins which have lids and special clips to hold bin liners in a bid to stop wildlife rifling through waste on our … Continue reading Pesky problem
Head Gardener Carl Stevens today clocked up a blooming impressive 35 years’ service tending to our zoo and castle grounds. To mark the milestone and thank him for his dedication, 52-year-old Carl was presented with gift vouchers by Zoo Director Derek Grove. Carl was just 17 when he joined Dudley Zoo on August 16, 1983, … Continue reading Congrats Carl!
DZG gardeners have come up with some tips to keep floral arrangements looking blooming beautiful during this long hot summer. Gardener Paul Durber, who waters the site’s hanging baskets and urn arrangements once a day, says dead-heading and watering the centre of the basket’s soil are key. Paul, who has worked at Dudley Zoo for … Continue reading Blooming hot!
Green-fingered gardeners at DZG have got their hands on a brand new tractor to take the strain of heavy-duty tasks. The new blue New Holland machine, which is four-wheel drive and can be converted into a forklift, will be used for muck loading and transporting materials around our hilly 40-acre site. It replaces our old … Continue reading Helping hand for gardeners
Our gardening team has added more than 1,500 bedding plants to DZG’s formal borders – and it’s looking blooming lovely. French marigolds, pelargoniums, salvias and cordylines have been planted around our 40-acre site including the nine beds near the Castle keep to create a delightful display for our visitors. Plants are also being put in … Continue reading Beautiful borders
Offcuts from bamboo bushes at DZG have provided tasty treats for some of our animals. When members of our gardening team cut back the plants around the aviaries, they gave branches to keepers who shared it about their sections. Tapirs, kangaroos, red pandas, Barbary sheep and our giraffes, pictured with Keeper Ellis Robinson, all enjoyed … Continue reading Bamboo banquet
DZG’s gardening team will be a cut above when it comes to taking care of the car park’s grass verges and banks – thanks to three new green machines. The team has taken delivery of the trio of petrol-powered mulching mowers which will cope with the rough terrain of the car park’s grassy areas. Head Gardener … Continue reading A cut above!