Zoo’s walk of fame honours unsung heroes
BRISTOL Zoo is to honour the unsung heroes who devote their time to benefit wildlife in and around the city, by adding their names to the attraction's Walk of Fame.
In 2011 the zoo revealed the top 49 greatest Bristol icons, as voted for by the public.
The list, which included everyone from Johnny Ball to Isambard Kingdom Brunel, formed the foundation for the Walk of Fame which was opened in summer of that year as part of the attraction's 175th anniversary celebrations.
Each of the celebrities was honoured with a plaque made from Bristol Blue Glass at the zoo.
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But now the zoo is looking to extend the list, by adding a roll of non-celebrity Bristolians – unsung heroes in the world of environment and wildlife.
The zoo is calling for members of the public to nominate the people in their community who have made an extra special effort or achievement within conservation or sustainability, to be added on to the roll of honour.
People like Pat Ellingham, who recently retired as chief executive of the Avon Wildlife Trust, after 30 years working for the greater good of wildlife in the region, or the team of volunteers who make up the Friends of Trooper's Hill – gathering together once a month to pick litter at the east Bristol nature reserve.
The Walk of Fame is a trail of specially designed plaques within the grounds of the zoo, with each plaque bearing the name of famous inductees, in a project sponsored by Mama Bear's Day Nursery and Pre-school.
The new inductees will join stars such as Banksy, Massive Attack and The Wurzels, Cary Grant, Ian Holloway, Bill Bailey and the Zoo's own Alfred the Gorilla.
Dr Bryan Carroll, chief executive at Bristol Zoo Gardens, said: "The Bristol Walk of Fame has historically celebrated the city's most well-known people, places and icons.
"Now it's time to celebrate those who have helped to preserve or protect our community. By asking the public to nominate friends or family we hope to unearth some unsung local heroes, and give them the thanks and recognition they deserve."
Eight new inductees will be chosen, from the following categories – most sustainable school, "eco hero", outstanding achievement in wildlife conservation, green team award, local conservation educator, most courageous animal rescue, most eco-friendly business, and finally "nature friendly" neighbourhood.
Full details of the eight nomination categories can be found on the zoo website at www.bristolzoo.org.uk/ forms/walk-of-fame-2013-nomination- form. Nominations can also be sent in via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by post to: Walk of Fame 2013, Bristol Zoo Gardens, Clifton, Bristol Zoo BS8 3HA.
Voting opens today (Wednesday) for the public to nominate which local conservation heroes they would like to see added to the walk in the spring.