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Zoo gardener puts wheels in motion for fundraiser - 31/05/12

Bristol Zoo’s gardens manager is pushing a trolley full of plants on a six mile (10km) course to raise money to attend an international horticulture event.

Matthew Bufton with a trolly full of plants at Bristol ZooMatthew Bufton will undertake the challenge on Monday June 4, pushing the 35kg (77lb) trolley and its contents from Bristol Zoo, across Durdham Downs, over the Clifton Suspension Bridge, joining the cycle path near the mounted police station at Bower Ashton and then on to Pill harbour.

He hopes his sponsored ‘trolley dash’ will help raise much-needed money to help fund his trip to attend a conference run by the World Association of Zoological Horticulture.

Matt explains: “The event is a world-class gathering of zoo horticulture specialists and is a really great opportunity to share skills, knowledge and experience as well as hearing world-class speakers. I can then bring their knowledge back with me and apply it to the work we do here.”

He added: “Bristol Zoo has beautiful botanic gardens that we are very proud of, and this event will help raise the Zoo gardens’ profile on an international level.”

Bristol Zoo has agreed to part-fund Matthew’s trip for the event, which takes place in Florida this October, but Matthew needs to raise a further £400 to secure his place at the conference. If you can help, or would like to donate, please visit his donations page at

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Notes to the Editor

Bristol Zoo Gardens

  • Bristol Zoo is open from 9am every day except Christmas Day. 
  • Bristol Zoo Gardens is a conservation and education charity and relies on income from visitors and supporters to continue its important work. 
  • Bristol Zoo is involved with more than 100 co-ordinated breeding programmes for threatened wildlife species. 
  • Itemploys over 150 full and part-time staff to care for the animals and run a successful visitor attraction to support its conservation and education work. 
  • Bristol Zoo supports – through finance and skill sharing - 15 projects in the UK and abroad that conserveand protectsome of the world’s most endangered species.
  • In 2011 Bristol Zoo celebrated its 175th birthday. Over that past 175 years, the Zoo has brought six generations of Bristolians closer to wildlife, helped save over 175 species from extinction, established over 30 field conservation and research programmes all over the world, showed 40 millionschool-aged children the wonder of nature and given more than 90 million visitors a wonderful day out.
  • In 2010 Bristol Zoo Gardens set up a Conservation Fund to raise vital funds to help care for threatened animals and plants – both in the Zoo and through the conservation work we do in the UK and around the world.
  • Bristol Zoo Gardens is a member of the British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums. BIAZA represents more than 90 member collections and promotes the values of good zoos and aquariums.