Seaton’s Tramper needs a new name

PUBLISHED: 08:54 01 February 2017 | UPDATED: 08:54 01 February 2017

Cllr Jim Knight cuts a ribbon at the launch of The Tramper  in 2015. Picture: CHRIS CARSON

Cllr Jim Knight cuts a ribbon at the launch of The Tramper in 2015. Picture: CHRIS CARSON

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Countryside rangers want suggestions on what they should call the wetlands mobility scooter

Countryside rangers want people to suggest a name for the off-road vehicle it provides for disabled visitors at Seaton Wetlands.

It’s officially called a tramper, but East Devon District Council wants someone to come up with a snappier name – and it’s running a competition to find one.

All entries are to be submitted to the team by Wednesday, March 1 who will put a selection of entries up for public vote on social media.

The winning name will be announced on Friday, March 10, to mark the start of the national Disabled Access Day weekend.

The chosen name will appear on future posters and marketing for the hire of the tramper. Please submit one entry per person via email to countryside@eastdevon.gov.uk, please include your name, age and location.

Councillor Iain Chubb, East Devon District Council’s portfolio holder for the environment, said: “Seaton Wetlands is a beautiful local nature reserve with fantastic accessibility for those with limited mobility.

“The tramper allows people to experience rare wildlife and birds and to enjoy views of the surrounding countryside without restriction.”

The Countryside service is extremely grateful to Devon county councillor Jim Knight, who has supported the tramper at Seaton Wetlands for the past two years. Cllr Knight has generously contributed from his locality budget to cover the ongoing cost of the scheme for 2017.

Cllr Knight said: “I have contributed towards the tramper for the past two years as I believe it’s a good way for residents and visitors to explore the superb countryside available at Seaton Wetlands.

“We’re looking forward to seeing the names people come up with and hope that something fun and memorable is chosen for this important piece of equipment, which enriches the lives and well-being of its users.’’

The tramper is available for hire from the Seaton Wetlands Discovery Hut throughout the year. There is no charge for hiring the tramper, but there is a recommended donation of £5.

Anyone interested in finding out more about hiring the tramper is asked to contact the Countryside service via email: countryside@eastdevon.gov.uk or telephone: 01395 517557 to arrange a time to visit Seaton Wetlands.

Further information can also be found at wildeastdevon.co.uk


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