Of zoo gardens and zombies: why Brad Pitt will (gnot) be appearing in our World War Z-oo garden at Newquay Zoo (but only as a gnome, gnot as a zombie slayer)
Don’t be confused. World War Zoo has a big budget rival and star cast who have been filming in Cornwall and elsewhere in the last few weeks.
World War Z is a blockbuster zombie movie with Brad Pitt set in an apocalypic future.
World War Zoo gardens is a small budget recreation of a typical wartime Dig For Victory zoo keepers allotment set in the 1940s with a well travelled star cast of … gnomes and vegetables.
You could argue that both look at dealing with the threats of an uncertain future …. and the garden looks at sustainable options such as local food.
You could argue that getting the ‘look’ right is important in period gardens and zombie movies – right old posters, right old tools etc.
As for zombies … this is probably my fellow keepers and zoo staff who have led very early morning zoo tours at 5 am and 7am for ‘wild breakfasts’ . We feel quite half dead if not undead by the end of the day … great fun but thankfully that was the last one this year. Until we do halloween tours (see our Newquay Zoo events page). But for now – Zzzzzz….
As for catching a glimpse of ‘Brad’ at the zoo, one of our jolly bearded gnomes now has g-name! You can see Brad’s jolly beard on the BBC Radio Cornwall footage below. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cornwall-14375711
For lots of jolly garden tips, check out the August job lists: http://www.gardenorganic.org.uk/todo_now/index.php and http://www.rhs.org.uk/Gardening/calendar/August
After writing our wartime zoo gardens book, we could write ‘Zombie Gardening’ … you heard it here first. I can see it now on the bookshelves. it makes creepy scarecrows look almost tame.
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