Floral boat set for seafront

Thursday, December 5, 2013
3:00 PM

A floral boat is to be put on Budleigh seafront, allowing people to commemorate family events.

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Budleigh in Bloom is behind the plan, which will see the boat installed on a patch of grass opposite Marine Court flats in Marine Parade.

The idea came about after the group were approached by a Budleigh couple, who wanted a tribute to the lady’s father on the seafront, but fearing a plaque on a wall would be too expensive, suggested a boat where multiple plaques could be fixed.

Budleigh in Bloom has been donated a 12ft boat, similar to the one at Lime Kiln car park, to go on the site, and after receiving backing from Natural England and East Devon District Council, approached Budleigh Salterton Town Council, which also supported the plan after a vote.

Councillor Dick Mitchell said: “The boat at Lime Kiln has been kept excellently in the time it has been there, and I don’t think a boat of that size will be detrimental, I think it’s going to enhance the seafront.

“In principle I think a boat on the seafront full of flowers is going to bring more beauty to the seafront.”

As a condition of installing the boat, Budleigh in Bloom will have to make sure no invasive species are planted there, and remove it within 24 hours if it becomes damaged.

Budleigh in Bloom chairman Bob Wiltshire added that the boat will not be a ‘memorial’ boat, but somewhere for people to record births, marriages, anniversaries and deaths.

The group now needs to carry out repair work on the boat, but it should be ready to install in a few months’ time.

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