Westlea Scarecrow Trail a big success

By Barrie Hudson - 4 June 2024

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Half term week saw families came out on to the streets of Westlea to follow a scarecrow trail created by the community.

It started with an idea by Westlea resident Polly-Marie Haywood who put out a challenge on the Westlea Facebook group.   

As a result 15 residents built their own scarecrows based on the theme of characters from children’s books.  Residents were then invited to download a map and follow the trail. 

A wide range of children’s books were represented, including Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Mr Tickle, Elmer the Elephant and the Hungry Caterpillar.   Westlea Primary School prepared their own scarecrow that they left in their grounds over half term.

Over the course of the week many families enjoyed finding all the scarecrows ofter going down streets that they perhaps had never gone down before.   

Some children carried clipboards to record the names of the books form which the scarecrows came.  

Comments from participants included:

- “A week later and there’s still loads of kids outside our house looking at scarecrows. So pleased with how many families have got involved.”

- “Great trail guys!! Was lovely to see so many people walking round and the kids guessing what they were. Hopefully more people get involved next year."

It is hoped that if there is another trail next year and even more Westlea residents will take part.  


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