Croc Garden 1961

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    Swindon, Wiltshire.

    M/S of the superintendent of Queen's Park, Mr. M. J. Williams and head gardener, Mr. Bill Wicks carrying a box of plants. They walk down a sloping flower garden towards the camera, panning shot follows them as they reach a crocodile shaped plant display. High angle C/U of Mr. Williams nodding. C/U of Mr. Wicks bending over the croc's tail made entirely from succulents, he is picking more cactus-like plants from the box to add to the display - "the main body plants are Echeveria Glauca and the smaller red ones are Echeveria Gibbiflora". Extreme C/U of his hands using a wooden stake to dig holes and press plants into place. Mr. Wicks does not know how many plants there are exactly; "somewhere between two and three thousand. More than most people have in a whole garden". C/U of Mr. Williams looking on. M/S of Mr. Wicks picking up stray plants, panning shot to the plants on crocodile's back. C/U of Mr. Wicks making a hole in the back for another succulent to be planted. C/U of Mr. Wicks smiling as he works. C/U of Mr. Wicks planting an Echeveria Glauca. The 16 foot long crocodile display is built around a wire-netting base - "a work of art in itself, constructed after much careful study of pictures in the local library". C/U of the crocodile's legs, panning shot to his head. C/U of the crocodile's eye - in fact a large Rosi Gibsi. C/U of the crocodile's open mouth - pointy white plant labels have been used to create the sharp teeth. M/S of the entire crocodile display in its rock garden setting.

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    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    02/10/1961
    Sound:
    Sound
    Media URN:
    2940
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Film ID:
    157.03
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration
    00:01:31:00
    Time in/Out:
    01:03:56:00 / 01:05:27:00
    Canister:
    CP 353
    Sort Number:
    CP 353
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