Just a few photographs to celebrate our World War Zoo wartime garden project here at Newquay Zoo, May 2016, entering its eighth summer.
A 1940s stirrup pump lies hidden amongst the colourful Chard and Garlic, rusty but still in fine working order.
The gardener’s wartime steel helmet hangs on the garden gate, ready to grab in case the air raid siren sounds …
Bright Lights, a collection of colourful Chard overwintered and ready to cut as colourful edible bouquets for enriching our monkey diets. Delicious.
Another year of Globe Artichokes awaits, another monkey favourite, complete with earwigs.
The strange bird table affair is not mounting for an air raid siren but where we place our portable speakers for the 2.30 Lion talk a few yards away.
Sparrows dustbathe between the Broad bean rows. The Meerkat section Robin follows the hoe or watering can. Pesky Peacocks nibble emerging shoots.
Rosemary, Curry Plant, Thyme, Mint, Lemon Balm, Nasturtiums, Leeks and Broad Beans are all waiting their turn, their moment and their edible or sensory enrichment use.
Dig for Victory, Dig For Plenty and ‘Hasten slowly’ as Mr Middleton would say. Happy Gardening!
Posted by Mark Norris, World War Zoo Gardens Project, Newquay Zoo, 17 May 2016.