Twycross Zoo in Leicestershire is pleased to announce that it has commissioned landscape architect Dominic Cole, best-known for his designs at the Eden Project and the Lost Gardens of Heligan in Cornwall, to create a new vision for the zoo’s landscaping.
Although animals are the star attraction for visitors to Twycross Zoo, planting also plays an important role in creating a welcoming environment. Plants serve a range of functions at the zoo, from those grown as food, enrichment or bedding for the animals, to those which help recreate native habitat, to those that provide a pleasant backdrop for visitors to enjoy.
Dominic Cole, OBE brings over 30 years of award-winning experience in the landscape design industry and is a member of the Landscape Institute. As part of his brief, Cole will focus on plans to improve the lay-out of the 88-acre site as well as visitor circulation using a variety of landscaping techniques such as structural planting, topographical changes, and the creation of spaces fit for purpose.
Cole said: “It is great to be working with the enthusiastic team at Twycross Zoo to help them realise their vision of changing the feel of the zoo, from looking at animals in artificial environments, to creating more natural habitats and settings that feel right for animals and visitors.”
Claire Oldham, Director of Discovery and Learning, added: “There are lots of exciting developments for animals and visitors alike happening at Twycross Zoo. We recognise that some of our infrastructure, such as the landscaping, needs to change in order to provide visitors with the best possible experience, and we are delighted to be working with Dominic to make some of those improvements.”
The landscaping plans will integrate with Twcycross Zoo’s £55 million Masterplan, which aims to transform the zoo over the next 20 years into one of the region’s, and the UK’s, leading visitor attractions.
Image credit: Twycross Zoo