Triassic beast on the prowl in Sidmouth

PUBLISHED: 16:07 25 June 2009 | UPDATED: 09:31 18 June 2010

MILLIONS of years after it first roamed the earth an ancient beast can once again be found in Sidmouth. This time however it is part of a floral display aimed at educating people about the Jurassic Coast. The Rhynchorsaurus, which is thought to be around

MILLIONS of years after it first roamed the earth an ancient beast can once again be found in Sidmouth.

This time however it is part of a floral display aimed at educating people about the Jurassic Coast.

The Rhynchorsaurus, which is thought to be around 230 million years old, was officially unveiled at the Triangle on Monday.

The display is a collaborative effort between the Jurassic Coast Trust, Sidmouth in Bloom, East Devon District Council and Oakdown Caravan Park.

The exhibit was designed by Sidmouth in Bloom and comprises of the floral Triassic reptile, pebbles, plants, shrubs and a display board, with information about the World Heritage Site.

Funds to cover the creation and installation of the display have been raised by guests holidaying at Oakdown Holiday Park through its visitor payback scheme.

The life-size reptile, constructed by Nick Beavis, was made out of metal and wire from Sidmouth Foundry and the pebbles were donated by Blackhill Quarry in Woodbury.

EDDC provided the site to house the display and Street Scene gardeners installed the exhibit.

Joy Seward, president of Sidmouth in Bloom said: "I think it's absolutely fantastic. It just shows what can happen when the community works together."

Sam Rose, Leader of the Jurassic Coast, World Heritage Team, said: "It is great to see the World Heritage Site interpreted in different ways.

"The depiction of the Rhynchosaurus makes a fabulous addition to the Sidmouth landscape. We would like to thank Oakdown Holiday Park and the Jurassic Coast Trust.


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