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Invasion of the Scarecrows!

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Scarecrow on a moving bike

Every year in the Crowborough, East Sussex area, strange scarecrows appear in people’s gardens, on the corners of roads, in hedges and in other unexpected places.

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Her Majesty scarecrow

This year there are over 76 of them, but they’re not easy to spot, so you can download an online map of them all.

We drove round for ages, trying to spot them all.

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Postman scarecrow

There are even tiny scarecrows popping out here and there.

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My daughter Rana’s scarecrow Hope.

The village of Motts Mill had really thrown themselves into the fun! There are tiny scarecrows all over the village.

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Deconstructed scarecrow

The Crowborough and Villages Scarecrow Festival runs from the 30th August-19th September.

A winner is declared at the end.

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Bike accident

Who would I vote for? I have no idea as they vary so much. There’s one of the Queen, a farmer with his sheep, a crashed bicycle and a pair of legs protruding out of a hedge.

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Weeing scarecrow

Some of them move, like the cycling scarecrow and the weeing scarecrow.

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Policeman scarecrow

I liked the policeman pointing his speed gun as we drove round a bend. He’s very realistic. Tom Daley diving into a paddling pool’s good too.

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Tom Daley scarecrow

Enthusiastic people had even built complete tableaux, with groups of scarecrows!

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Crowborough WI scarecrow group

The scarecrow creators have to put up with cars slowing down, and people staring into their gardens. Some of last year’s entrants didn’t enter this year.P1020447

It’s all very English and eccentric, with loads of humour and imagination in the designs.

We loved it and we’re looking forward to next year’s Trail.

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Rugby scarecrow

 

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scarycrow

 

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cat scarecrows

 

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4 Responses

  1. Some of them have so much detail that you have to stand and examine them for a while. The trouble is, as we’re English, we don’t like to stare!

  2. What a wonderful community talking point, and so much careful thought has gone
    into all of them. Wish I lived in Crowborough.

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