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The Taunton Toad Trail

 8th Apr 2019

The Taunton Toad Trail

Your chance to create a giant-sized amphibious masterpiece.



Following on from the Dragon Trail five years ago, this year it’s going to be the turn of the Taunton Toad Trail, which will help mark the Sixtieth Anniversary of the League of Friends Musgrove Park Hospital.

This summer will see 20 large model toads appearing around Taunton Deane in an initiative involving artists, school children and community groups. The specially commissioned toads will be located in high profile sites throughout Taunton to create an exciting trail for visitors to follow, learning about the history, talent and magic of our community. They will then come back together in an exhibition and be auctioned off in aid of the League of Friends, with all the money raised going towards improvements to the Bracken Birthing Centre, a birthing pool and improved maternity facilities at Musgrove. Please have a look on their website to see the amazing support and work they do for Musgrove Park Hospital.


What we would like

Viridor Charitable Donations Committee have decided to support this great cause by sponsoring a toad and are working in partnership with Somerset Wildlife Trust to ask local artists to submit their design ideas. With Viridor’s focus on recycling and Somerset Wildlife Trust’s interest in protecting our wild places and wildlife we would like your designs to reflect this.

Ideas may include:

• Celebrating the urban wildlife of Taunton’s green spaces and waterways

• Raising awareness of the issues of plastic pollution faced by our wildlife and the importance of reduce, reuse and recycle

• Resource and Recycling Toad

• Sustainability Toad – Resource Management and Healthy Places and Habitats

• The pollinating toad, highlighting the important role played by our bees, butterflies, moths and other insects and the population declines they face

• The Lost Words toad, highlighting how once common nature-based words are being removed from dictionaries and our everyday life


How to submit your design

The toads will be approx. 1.2m x 1.2m in size, we would like you to submit your designs in whatever format you like by posting / dropping them off to Pennon Sustainability Team, Viridor House, Youngman Place, Priory Bridge Road, Taunton, Somerset, TA1 1AP.

Please accompany your design with a cover note, explaining the thinking behind the design and including your name and full contact details so we can get back to you. If you are under 18, please ensure your parent / guardian signs this cover note.

The deadline for design submissions is 30th April 2019

The entries will be judged by the Sustainability Team at Viridor and a member of Somerset Wildlife Trust and the winning artist will be notified by the 6th May. The artist will then receive, or travel to (TBC), the fibreglass toad model and will be able to bring their design to life, using appropriate materials to ensure the design is durable and weatherproof.

The winning design and artist chosen will be able to paint the toad, there is an opportunity for Viridor to pay the artist up to a maximum of £350 to do so. However, we would like to reiterate that this is a project for charity and hopefully artists are willing to get involved with this fundraising project whilst showcasing their artwork.

The toad must be finished by the 10th June in order to be sited for the official launch of the Toad Trail by the 29th June.

The Toad Trail will remain in place until Sept / Oct before they are gathered up for an exhibition and then auctioned off to the highest bidder with the proceeds going to the League of Friends Musgrove Park Hospital.

For more information please contact Kirsty Camm or Stephanie Rooke .


About us

Somerset Wildlife Trust

Somerset’s wildlife is part of what makes living, working and visiting the county so special. Somerset Wildlife Trust has been protecting vulnerable wildlife and preserving Somerset’s wild places for over 50 years and, with over 19,000 members, is the largest conservation charity in the county. Alongside our members and volunteers, we work year-round to protect wildlife, transform landscapes and put nature back into people’s lives.

Our reserves holding of over 1,700 hectares incorporates a diverse range of habitats from wetlands to woodlands, grasslands and meadows, and provide secure environments for a diverse range of wildlife such as Dormice, Otters, Hedgehogs, Barn Owls and many other species - as well as providing safe havens for some of Somerset’s most iconic species such as Bittern and Large Blue butterfly.

The majority of our work is made possible through the support of our members and people who live and work in the county who choose to make donations, fundraise for us or leave generous gifts in their wills. By working together with our members and supporters we really can make a difference.



Our purpose encompasses everything that we do. We're giving the world’s resources new life. Whether those resources are collected by our vehicles or delivered into our Energy Recovery Facilities, we transform ‘waste’ into the items and energy that society will need tomorrow.

Gone is the traditional ‘waste’ collection and disposal company. To achieve our purpose we have established two distinct business units, Recycling and Resources and Energy. These business units help us to focus our time and expertise on the services that our customers want.

Our aim is Bringing Resources to Life.