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Getting the bird

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One is indebted to The London Gardener for information on additions made in the late 1960s to the 1962 Walton-on-Thames headquarters of Bird's Eye, designed by Sir John Burnet. These concerned the landscaped courtyards but included occupant as well as design changes. The company built up a considerable menagerie, which at its peak included four types of penguins (these were fed initially on herrings from Bird's Eye's wet-fish plant until these proved too large and had to be replaced by sprats), two kinds of flamingo, snow geese, ducks, terrapins, snapper turtles and four Caiman alligators (very splashy). The moving spirit behind this enterprise? Bird's Eye's chairman . . . J R Parratt.

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