Wallace the Wet Wipe Monster and two giant seagulls have made a visit to Teignmouth to explain more about how we can keep our beaches clean and seas sparkling.
Three days of entertainment and education and street theatre and family activities are taking place this week in the seaside town to celebrate life beside the seaside and explain more about how we can keep our beaches clean and seas sparkling.
The activities have been funded by Teignbridge District Council and Teignmouth Town Council, working with the Environment Agency, South West Water, the Marine Conservation Society and Teignmouth Recycled Art In The Landscape (TRAIL).
On Tuesday, there was monster fun on the sands as the Marine Conservation Society brought Wallace the Wet Wipe Monster* to Teignmouth Beach to help people understand why flushing the wrong stuff down the loo is bad, both financially and environmentally
Wallace is a bespoke art installation and stands at over 3m tall and 8m wide. He inflates from a very small pile of wipes on the sand to a 8m wide x 3.5m tall monster and can disappear back into the shore at regular intervals during the day.
Friendly faces from the Love Your Beach campaign group also joined Wallace to provide tips and advice about looking after the beach.
On Wednesday, giant seagulls were also performing in Teignmouth and generally making a noisy spectacle of themselves. The street theatre has been organised to highlight the importance of caring for the environment and discourage people from feeding seagulls – but in a fun and appealing way!
Done as part of the BeachWise partnership*** Teignbridge, the Environment Agency, South West Water, Town Development Manager Tracey Scranage and Teignmouth Traders Chairman Keith Underhill will pop into businesses to hand out stickers and posters for food businesses to use.
On Thursday, look out for Big Rory, a six foot, stilt-walking Scotsman and his enormous dog Orchie. They will be explaining the dangers that dog poo poses to our coastal waters.
Those prone to leaving their dog’s mess behind won’t want to be caught by these two! People will be encouraged to take part in a survey ( www.teignbridge.gov.uk/dogsurvey ) on proposals to introduce a new Public Space Protection Order to deal with the minority of people who don’t pick up after their pet.
Cllr Phil Bullivant, Teignbridge District Council’s Executive member for Recreation and Leisure, said: “This is a great programme of events, underlined with a strong message about looking after our beaches and swimming waters.
“We have successfully retained our Seaside Award for Teignmouth and need everyone to do what they can to help us to keep our beaches and the coast as clean as possible. This is an example of how Teignbridge works with others to highlight important issues but make it fun and entertaining too.”
Cllr Paul Burgess, Mayor of Teignmouth, said: “Having fun with a superb range of activities is a great way to get the vital message across of how we can keep our beaches and sea safe and clean.
“These activities will be great fun for both residents and visitors. I very much hope that all people will take the message seriously and work towards protecting our beautiful environment.”
Tracy Scranage Town Centre Development Manager for Teignmouth and Dawlish said: “Love them or not, overzealous seagulls are a perennial problem in our town centre, beach and promenade.
“We will giving businesses stickers to put on their packaging informing customers of the problems caused by the gulls particularly outside food outlets. We will also be providing education through entertainment in the coming weeks and putting posters up throughout the town.”
TRAIL’s spokeswoman Amy McCarthy said: “We’re delighted to be hosting Wallace as part of TRAIL 2017. Working with other organisations helps put Teignmouth at the heart of the environmental art movement and compliment the messages behind the sculptures wonderfully.