A baby elephant, a monkey, a hippo and a lioness are settling into the Tropical House at Woodthorpe Park.  The metal animals have arrived just in time for two family fun days this weekend, when visitors can see them take pride of place in a festive wonderland.

The animals are made in Nairobi from recycled metal including car doors, oil drums and bus parts.  Amongst the first to visit them were children from Hollies Day Nurseries, the local business that sponsors the Tropical House and Woodthorpe Park.

The animals wiwoodthorpe elephantll be stars of the show at the family fun weekend running at Nottingham City Council’s Nursery from 10am to 5pm on Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 December.  There will be a variety of stalls, live music, face painting, visits to Santa and the opportunity to buy Christmas trees, plants, decorations and festive wreaths from the City Council’s Woodthorpe Park Plant Shop.

Councillor Dave Trimble, Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Culture, said: “The Nursery staff have been busy giving the Tropical House a makeover ready for the arrival of the animals and we hope visitors new and old will come along and take a look.

“The family fun weekend is also a great opportunity to buy a Christmas tree and some festive greenery – including some of the thousands of beautiful cyclamen that have been grown in our glasshouses here in Nottingham.”

Christmas trees can also be purchased online from Woodthorpe Park Plant Shop via https://myaccount.nottinghamcity.gov.uk/service/real_christmas_trees