Sidmouth’s Rynchosaur saved from extinction for second time

Sidmouth in Bloom is busy planting the town's favourite Rynchosaur ready for display this summer

Sidmouth in Bloom is busy planting the town's favourite Rynchosaur ready for display this summer - Credit: Archant

Cost increase threatened future of popular floral fossil

Sidmouth’s Rynchosaur has been saved from extinction for a second time thanks to efforts of dedicated volunteers and a generous donation.

An increase in costs threatened the future of the ever-popular floral feature that takes pride of place in The Triangle each year.

Based on fossils found at Pennington Point, the dinosaur became extinct 225million years ago, but was resurrected by the Sidmouth in Bloom (SIB) team as one of the main 3D features.

The owners of Oakdown Holiday Park stepped up to save the town’s favourite floral fossil with a generous donation to cover the cost of plants and SIB’s Lynette Talbot and Peter Endersby are now taking on the task of planting the display.

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The mammoth job of recreating the giant creature is being undertaken in a ‘resurrected’ polytunnel at East Devon District Council’s Knowle HQ ready for its reappearance in the heart of Sidmouth this summer.

Lynette thanked everyone who supported the work of the multi-award-winning SIB.

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She said: “Sidmouth in Bloom relies on sponsorship to continue the work and displays started 40 years ago to make Sidmouth beautiful for residents and visitors alike.”

The Sid Valley’s floral heritage is due to be showcased in front of 100,000 people at the Gardeners’ World Live expo at Birmingham’s NEC arena, from June 16 to 19, and SIB is appealing for help in raising the necessary funds.

A total of £2,500 is needed for the show on top of the £10,000 cost of competing in this year’s South West in Bloom competition.

If anyone is able to offer support, contact Peter or Lynette on 01395 578081 or email:

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