Nellie the fish – swimming off to her next location

Posted on Friday 31 July 2020

After a month’s stay on Bournemouth Pier Approach, Nellie the fish will be leaving today, Friday 31 July. Over the last four weeks she has not only helped collect plastic bottles and aluminium cans but has also helped teach people to make less rubbish by reusing and not throwing away.

In conjunction with ‘We Have The Power’ the six-metre-long metal fish shaped sculpture, aimed to tackle beach littering and the harm single-use waste has on the environment, was supported by the resort’s Leave Only Footprints campaign.

Cllr Dr Felicity Rice, Portfolio Holder for Environment and Climate Change said: “It has been great to see Nellie on the beach, the installation has certainly been a positive, educational talking point, as well as a chance to talk about the amount of packaging we use!”

During this time BCP Council also ran a competition for local children to get involved in creating posters and signs to highlight and educate about littering and the harm it can have on both community and wildlife. Entries came from across the region and the winning designs, (Primary School winner Coral from Manorside Academy, Secondary School winner Kye P from Grange School and Post 16 years Ellen B who each won a £50 voucher for art and craft supplies), have been turned into signs and will be displayed locally. Look out for more on that soon when the signs go on display!

Find out more about how to Leave only Footprints.