Gardening - with plenty of manure close by!

 Bristol Zoo, which was established 181 years ago, is a botanical garden and its 12 acre site is home to thousands of flowers, plants and trees. The Zoo’s Gardener Experience involves working alongside its experienced team, tending to its award-winning Herbaceous Border, assisting with tropical plant displays and alpine gardens, pruning, animal enclosure work and carrying out checks.

 The experience includes free entry to the Zoo for the attendee and a guest, as well as a chance to have tea with the gardeners to ask any questions people may have.

 A spokesman said: “We are the proud winners of a vast number of respected horticultural awards. There’s more to gardening at a Zoo than meets the eye - there’s the psychology behind the positioning and choice of plants as well as the careful consideration of which plants will meet the needs of our animal residents- both in their homes and for their diets.”

 The afternoon session, which takes place Monday to Friday from 12.30pm-4.30pm, costs £50 and can be bought online at or by calling 0117 428 5300.