Robot joins in fight to keep Holywell tidy


Romilly Scragg

A ROBOT that gobbles rubbish will be helping teach youngsters the importance of keeping their environment tidy.

Tim Taclus (Tidy Tim) was designed by Holywell High sixth form students to encourage more people to throw away litter responsibly.

The interactive wheeled electronic garbage-guzzler, which plays a tune and flashes lights, was the idea of year 13 engineering students Liam Matthews, Luke Jones, Callum Millwood and Adam Blackshaw.

Environmental organisation Transition Holywell and Keep Wales Tidy asked the school if it could make something to encourage youngsters to put their rubbish in the bin.

After presenting several ideas in a Dragons’ Den style format, Tim Taclus was chosen.

The four students made him with the help of teacher Gareth Roberts and firms who helped supply the necessary materials.

Now Robot Tim is set to eat rubbish in Holywell High Street tomorrow from 10am as part of Keep Wales Tidy’s annual Stop the Drop drive.

Shoppers will be invited to turn the big wheel on Tim’s side to make his litter tray catapult rubbish into his mouth.

Today, Tim will appear at St Winefride’s Well when volunteers meet at 10am ready for a clear-up.

Keep Wales Tidy officer for Flintshire Judith Wright said: “We’re delighted all Holywell Primary schools will be taking part around the town – but parents and anyone else are very welcome to come and lend a hand.”

Volunteers will also be clearing heavy rubbish from certain boundary areas of the Greenfield Valley Heritage Park.

Mr Roberts said he was very proud of his students who had trialled their invention to children at Ysgol Bro Carmel in Holywell.

“They were queuing up,” he said. “It’s a brilliant idea and they’ve done a fantastic job. It’s got quite a complex mechanism on it with gears and levers. You won’t see one like it.”

Pat Mee, of the Transition Group, also congratulated and thanked the students.

“We were really impressed by Tim Taclus and the way the boys took on the challenge of creating him and also the professional way they presented it to us too in a kind of Dragons Den scenario,” she said.

Mr Roberts said after his busy weekend, it was hoped Tim Taclus may find a permanent home in Holywell Leisure Centre or Holywell Community centre.

For details of volunteering events call Judith Wright on 07717495188.

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