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Pupils experience winning artwork in action offshore

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THE winners of a competition to design the livery for new vehicles for the Marine Resources department got to see their artwork in person during a special ride out to Seymour Tower.

One of the Marine Resources vehicles at Seymour Tower with new livery designed by schoolchildren. Along for the ride were (from left) Livi Knight, Maya Binney and Jenson Fryer

Jenson Fryer (11), who attends Les Quennevais School, and Livi Knight (9), from Les Landes School, were given a ride in a Mitsubishi pick-up truck across the Royal Bay of Grouville to the tower, 1.4 miles offshore.

Along the way they stopped off to see oysters being harvested at the aquaculture farms and to hear about the biodiversity of the Island’s most extreme tidal reaches from one of their ‘chauffeurs’, Environment Department marine scientist Francis Binney.

Accompanied by their fathers, Neil Fryer and Martin Knight, Jenson and Livi enjoyed a picnic inside the tower, climbing to the top to enjoy the panoramic views from St Catherine’s Breakwater to Noirmont, before following the same route back to shore.

‘I really enjoyed going into the tower and seeing what there was inside,’ Livi said. ‘I am really pleased with my prize and to have a trip to the tower and to learn about everything that lives out there.’

The competition was open to anyone aged between eight and 19 in a full-time education. Environment Minister Steve Luce and representatives from the JEP and the Mansell Collection choose five designs to be incorporated on the two vehicles by Signtech.

The three other winners, Kacie Cunningham, Sadie de Carteret and Roxanne Clayson – all from St Christopher’s School – enjoyed their prize trip to Seymour Tower last month.

The trucks came into service in the summer and are used to check the aquaculture farms off the east and south coasts, monitor low-water fishing activities and retrieve items washed up on the coastline.

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