Gardeners

Bags of help!

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!

Talking rubbish!

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!

Blooming hot!

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!

Beautiful borders

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

Bamboo banquet

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

A cut above!

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!