Seaton goes on the march against plastics pollution

PUBLISHED: 07:34 19 July 2018 | UPDATED: 09:18 23 July 2018

One of the endangered  marine creatures created from recycled materials. Picture: SUBMITTED

One of the endangered marine creatures created from recycled materials. Picture: SUBMITTED

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Local school children join the fight for cleaner seas to safeguard wildlife

Seaton Jurassic has teamed-up with local schools and Seaton Wetlands to fight against plastic in our waters.

Children will be marching through the town to draw attention to the plight of wildlife in our seas at this year’s Natural Seaton Festival on Saturday (July 21).

Pupils from Beer, Seaton and Colyton Primary School have been learning about the effects of plastic in our seas and have been working with local artist, Louise Farwell, to produce some fantastic artwork that will be paraded through Seaton as part of Natural Seaton Festival.

The parade was the idea of Claire Mountjoy, Learning and Participation Officer at Seaton Jurassic who together with Meghan Knowles from Seaton Wetlands led interactive sessions with children to explore the rocky shore and understand the effects of plastic on marine wildlife.

The children used their visit to the rocky shore as inspiration for the marine creatures that they created from recycled materials under the artistic guidance of Louise Farwell.

Said Claire Mountjoy: “It was great fun taking the children to the rocky shore and seeing how the experience helped them to understand the challenges that marine wildlife face today – particularly the horrors of plastic pollution. I am really excited to see the sea creatures that they have all made at Natural Seaton Festival and am honoured to be able to march along with the children as they parade their creatures through the town.”

“We hope people visiting the Festival will join us in pledging to help our sea life by reducing their use of plastic.”

The children’s parade will start from Windsor Gardens at 10am accompanied by the Sunshine Samba Band as they make their way to the Natural Seaton Festival in Thury Harcourt Place.

Natural Seaton Festival promises to be a great day out with family fun activities, stalls and entertainment throughout the day including visiting dinosaurs!

The workshops have been possible due to sponsorship by the Parishes Together Fund.

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