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It’s all downhill for gardening duo at castle
10:00am Tuesday 10th September 2013 in News
THE grass on Oxford Castle Mound has not been cut in four years.
But yesterday Oxford Garden Design staff Aris Escalona and Paul Norton took the unusual step of strimming the slope – while abseiling.
It is expected to take the pair another two days to complete.
Mr Norton, 43, from Tackley said: “It’s a challenge as it’s a big mound and it was a difficult morning because of the rain.
“It is a piece of Oxford’s history and it’s nice to make it look good for the people of Oxford and its many visitors.”
Aris Escalona, 37, of Boars Hill, who is originally from Venezuela, said: “I am used to the heights as I did rock climbing.”
Sarah Airey, of Oxford Garden Design, said: “The grass hasn’t been cut for about four years and it’s looking unkempt and there is overgrowth. The abseiling makes sure the gardeners are safe when they go down the slope.”