Sidmouth floral dinosaur project

PUBLISHED: 16:19 18 January 2009 | UPDATED: 12:16 17 June 2010

A CARAVAN park owner, in conjunction with the Jurassic Coast Trust, is involved in a cunning plan to enlarge the sea world floral display at Sidmouth s Three Cornered Plot by introducing a dinosaur.

A CARAVAN park owner, in conjunction with the Jurassic Coast Trust, is involved in a cunning plan to enlarge the sea world floral display at Sidmouth's Three Cornered Plot by introducing a dinosaur.

Doreen Franks of Oakdown touring and caravan holiday park, is involved in a scheme by the Trust to ask guests at the park to donate 50p at the end of their stay towards the Trust, who will, in turn, pay for an area at the Triangle site.

The underwater scene was originated by Joy Seward, president of Sidmouth in Bloom, with other committee members, several years ago.

Councillor John Hollick, Sidmouth Town Council's representative on Sidmouth in Bloom, told councillors on Monday of the scheme, which will also involve East Devon District Council, whose StreetScene helps maintain the town's floral displays.

Mr Hollick said the Trust, as well as putting up an interpretation board and sign to Sidmouth Museum, wanted a Rhynchosaur included in the 3D display, along with the fishes, whelk and starfish.

"The Rhynchosaur roamed this coast millions of years ago," he said. "It will fit in with the existing scheme we have and be made to appear to be stalking through grasses."

He said Sidmouth in Bloom did not need to do anything towards the new display and added: "All of this is really a good example of different groups of people working together for the good of the community. Long may it continue."

Mrs Franks will still continue paying for the floral planting at Sidmouth War Memorial.


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