TV star declares Sidmouth Oceanscene open!

PUBLISHED: 15:00 05 April 2013

Anne Swithinbank and Lynette Talbot. Photo by Eve Mathews.

Anne Swithinbank and Lynette Talbot. Photo by Eve Mathews.

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TELEVISION horticulturist Anne Swithinbank was among a hardy group who braved a wet and blustery beach to officially open a new seafront attraction.

Driving forces behind the Oceanscene project near the Millennium Walk are now looking forward to its floral features flourishing.

Anne planted sea kale, sea carrot and other shingle plants and was delighted that so many different groups had come together and are now involved with the eco-system. The garden is set as the scene of a derelict pier at one end and an old boat at the other.

A new information board has been installed - which will change as more varieties of plants grow.

“We are all looking forward to having a colourful feature on the shingles beside the Millenium Walk,” said Sidmouth in Bloom (SIB) chairman Lynette Talbot.

“Although plants are being introduced by human intervention, the intention is to grow shingle plants endemic to the Devon coast. We encourage everyone to look after this bed, wander around the plants to see what is coming up but take care not to damage the seedlings.”

Many of the scene’s features have been salvaged from previous coastal clean-ups.

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