Written by Harriet Rycroft from the Gardens team and Head Gardener Tim Miles, this wonderfully illustrated new book is the first official publication dedicated to the gardens at Cotswold Wildlife Park.
With nearly 500 stunning photographs taken in all seasons, it covers the diversity of the Park’s much-admired plants and landscapes, as well as the challenges of gardening in an environment with over 250 exotic animal species.
In the book’s Foreword, Roy Lancaster CBE wrote: “Responsibility for the plants and planting over many years has rested in the more than capable hands of Head Gardener, Tim Miles. Encouraged by Reggie Heyworth, son of the Park’s founder, he and his team have created a plantsman’s paradise which continues to develop and improve. Now, at last, we have a book, beautifully illustrated, devoted to the gardens and plants and their important and often colourful contribution to the visitor experience.”
Harriet Rycroft said: “It gives you a taste of the huge range of plants and planting styles at the Park – from bedding out vast banana plants or enormous cacti to our own style of prairie planting around the Rhino paddock. We give an insight into the thinking behind the planting, which is not simply decorative but also provides changes in atmosphere, a sense of exploration, as well as shade and shelter for both animals and visitors. We also talk about some of the methods we use to keep it looking good all year”.