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The Taunton Toad Trail is hopping your way this summer

15th July 2019

It’s your chance to become a detective and join the hunt for all the giant toads featured in the Taunton Toad Trail this summer.

The Trail is a celebration of the 60th anniversary of the Musgrove League of Friends. All the funds raised from the initiative will be donated to the Bracken Birthing Centre at Musgrove Park Hospital, for a new birthing pool and improved facilities at Musgrove.

Taunton Toad Trail organiser and Chairman of the League of Friends, Peter Renshaw, said: "We hoped that a toad trail would be a fun way to celebrate 60 years of the League of Friends Musgrove Park Hospital and raise money towards improved facilities in Bracken Ward. 

“Having seen the various designs, I am sure everyone will enjoy following the trail and will be impressed by the range of designs."

Viridor’s Charitable Donations Committee has sponsored ‘Quantock Toad’, a friendly fibreglass fellow who is now sitting outside Viridor House, Viridor’s Taunton headquarters. His name is inspired by the local Quantock hills, their foliage and wildlife.

Stephanie Rooke, of Viridor’s Charitable Donations Committee, said: “Sponsoring a Toad is a fantastic opportunity for Viridor to support the local community and raise awareness of Taunton’s biodiversity, our environmental partnership with the Somerset Wildlife Trust and our new sustainability strategy which includes the focus area ‘healthy places and habitats’. 

“The trail encourages people to get outdoors this summer and connect with nature which is good for your health and wellbeing.”

Quantock Toad is one of 20 fibreglass toads that have been sponsored for the cause. A competition was run for the public to submit their entries for the toad designs, and sponsors chose their toad design out of the finalist entries.  Local Wildlife and Pet Portrait Artist Katrin Snell’s design was selected by Viridor.

Katrin said; “I was flattered to have my design chosen for Viridor's Toad and I am honoured to be a part of such a wonderful project and charity event.

“I hope that the trail is successful in raising the funds needed for the Bracken Centre at Musgrove Park hospital and helps to attract people to Taunton.”

The trail is fun way for locals and visitors to discover parts of Taunton Deane that they may have not seen before. It’s a tried and tested initiative with the Dragon Trail, which took place five years ago and promises to be a great bout of competition, fresh air and fun for all involved.

All the toads on exhibit will be auctioned off, and a lucky person will win one to keep, in a draw running in tandem with the trail. Trail maps are available to buy for £1 from Viridor House and other locations on the trail. 

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