PEOPLE in Taunton will be able to enjoy a rubbish day when the Trash Trail arrives this summer.

Around 25 'litter bugs' and assorted animals made from items collected from the Priorswood recycling centre will be sited around the town.

All manner of creatures are being created, including a ladybird, an owl and a crocodile - and they're being joined by a three-tonne elephant and a 14-foot polar bear.

The Trash Trail is the brainchild of Dave and Kelly Durdan and follows the successful Deane Dragon Trail in 2014.

They take items from Priorswood to Minehead man Steve Heard, who then turns them into spectacular sculptures.

Kelly said: "It's all about having fun and getting across a serious message.

"We've got to get together to save the planet.

"This is serious for our grandchildren. We want to make a start in learning more.

"We also want to raise as much money as we can for Somerset Community Foundation (SCF) so that lots of different groups will be able to apply for grants."

The launch of the trail takes place in The Orchard Centre on Saturday, July 22, with the giant polar bear made from plastic bottles in attendance, giving families the chance to track down all the creations over the school holidays.

The creatures will be dotted round the town and people will be able to buy a map for just £1 and then discover where they are all located.

Each station will be themed with interactive games, information and fun things to do.

The elephant, which is made of old batteries and is being loaned for six weeks by Waste Care in Leeds, will take up residence in Vivary Park, along with a bucket for people to leave their old batteries to be recycled.

There will also be a sensory path made from bottles tops in the park's sensory garden.

The organisers are looking for businesses to help sponsor the sculptures and more volunteers will be welcome to help carry out lots of jobs - if you can help email

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The sculptures will all be auctioned off to raise funds for SCF at Oake Manor Golf Club on September 29, followed by a close down dinner and dance at the same venue on October 6.


We'll be bringing you more information about the Trash Trail over the coming weeks.