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Zoo employee remembered with memorial bench

The bench has been bought to remember Paul Oakley, seated right, who died last year.

Staff at Dudley Zoo are remembering gardener, Paul Oakley, with a memorial wooden bench located in the area where he used to tend.

Paul worked as part of the attractions on-site gardening team for more than two decades, before passing away last year.

The 66 year-old spent 21 years helping maintain the zoo’s 40-acres, primarily tending the zoo’s entrance, which is where colleagues have chosen to position the new seat. Zoo Director, Derek Grove, said: 

“We were all saddened by Paul’s death as he was a popular member of staff who always offered a smile and a chat.

“We wanted to mark the huge part he played in zoo life and we thought the bench was a fitting tribute as staff and visitors can use it and remember him in the place he loved.”

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