Fylde has seen the creation of a second giant sand art installation, this time featuring a 30m dolphin and blazoning the Council’s ‘Take It, Don’t Leave It’ anti-littering message.

The enormous raked artwork was created at low tide, close to St Annes Pier on August 23rd in a striking bid to raise awareness of the effects of littering across the area.

Fylde Council’s Chair of Environment, Health and Housing Committee, Cllr Tommy Threlfall said: “It was wonderful to see so many people taking an interest in the sand art we commissioned as part of the Take It, Don’t Leave It litter campaign.

“The initiative, which has been ongoing throughout the summer, is one part of our wider council plans to work towards becoming carbon neutral and reduce the amount of plastic and other harmful waste in our borough and, notably, on our cherished beach.

“Any plastics that end up in the sea can, and all too often do, prove fatal when ingested by marine wildlife.

“The dolphin depicted in the artwork is just one of the species in danger and, as it was a sunny day, lots of beachgoers stopped to find out more about Richard’s artwork and the message behind it.

“It really resonated with Fylde visitors, and the aerial video serves to further spread this important message, show off the scale of the piece and highlight the beauty of our stunning coastline.

“The spectacular piece was created by renowned environmental artist Richard Shilling and the events of the day were captured by the talented Neal and Sophie from Fylde based North Film, so we extend our thanks to them for all their help.

“Our efforts in striving for more environmentally friendly operations, processes and procedures will continue in earnest in the coming weeks and months and we look forward to sharing more updates soon.”

This piece follows the recent large-scale footprint sand art that made up part of the same anti-littering message; encouraging people to leave nothing behind but their footsteps in the sand.

With more people taking UK holidays this year and Fylde receiving record numbers of visitors, the Council is keen to keep the region tidy for all to enjoy.

For more information about the Take It, Don’t Leave It initiative please visit: https://new.fylde.gov.uk/fylde-visitors-asked-to-take-it-dont-leave-it/


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