Eco-friendly scarecrow challenge issued

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Schools have been set a big challenge for this year’s Children’s Countryside Day - to design an eco-friendly scarecrow!

The competition, being held to mark the 10th anniversary of the Wooler-based event, will be judged by TV favourite John Grundy.

The Glendale Agricultural Society organises this event, taking place on Thursday, June 5, to give children of all abilities aged between 5 and 9 years, first-hand experience of rural life. In the ten years since it started, the Society has educated over 15,000 children.

Scarecrows are usually dressed in old clothes and placed in open fields to discourage birds from disturbing and feeding on recently sown crops or ones that are ready for harvest.

Schools are being asked to make their scarecrow out of eco-friendly materials, it must be no more than 1.5m high and, most importantly, it must be weather resistant. Each design will be judged on originality, creativity and effort.

Ruth Oldfield, event manager, said: “We are so excited about this year’s Scarecrow competition and we are very lucky to have John Grundy judging the competition.

“We will be looking for imaginative, creative and original ideas and hopefully, we will have an army of scarecrows displayed in the centre of this year’s event for everyone to see.

“In previous years, we have had such great feedback from the competition. It is aimed to get the children thinking about their visit to the Children’s Countryside Day and has been such a great success in the past.”

Further information about Glendale Agricultural Society and the Children’s Countryside Day can be found on

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