Grotto trees turned into bedding for rhinos at Woburn Safari Park

Grotto trees turned into bedding for rhinos at Woburn Safari Park

PUBLISHED ON 12th JANUARY 2018

Weston Favell shopping centre has donated the trees from our spectacular Enchanted Forest Grotto to Woburn Safari Park. All of the cut trees that featured in the Christmas centrepiece has now been chipped and turned into bedding for rhinos at the popular safari park.


The grotto, which consisted of 120 real life fir trees and believed to be the first live forest created in an indoor shopping centre, closed its doors on Christmas Eve. Now Santa and his elves have returned back to the North Pole, it was time for the Norway Spruce fir trees to be recycled and used for a good cause.

The trees have been kindly chipped by a local tree services and landscaping company, Mulberry Tree, who visited the centre on Thursday 11th January to help deliver the chippings to Woburn, alongside the Weston Favell team. The remaining wood chip will be delivered on Sunday by a local scouts group visiting the rhinos at the safari park.


Chris Smart, Head Keeper in Reserves said, “The chippings will be used to make a fragrant and skin-friendly bedding material for our Southern white rhino herd. The animals will no doubt enjoy this change from their usual straw bedding, as the pine will provide an interesting aroma and it is also known for its benefits as a natural disinfectant. We have three females and two males living in a secure house at Woburn Safari Park; weighing in at anything up to a ton, they get through plenty of bedding materials, so this donation from Weston Favell shopping centre is very much appreciated.”

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