Scare­crow trail is a straw draw

Kentish Gazette Canterbury & District - - Westgate Parks - By Joe Walker joe­walker@thek­m­group.co.uk @Joewalker17

They may have kept the birds away, but a trail of scare­crows helped at­tract more than 1,000 peo­ple to the West­gate Parks on Saturday.

In the event’s third year, record num­bers were drawn to the pic­turesque gardens and Tod­dlers Cove to catch a glimpse of the im­pres­sive cre­ations.

Lo­cal res­i­dents, schools, busi­nesses, char­i­ties and youth groups were among more than 50 en­trants.

Mem­bers of the 14th Can­ter­bury Scout Group – many of them dressed as scare­crows – handed out trail maps to visitors, who were asked to vote for their favourite two.

But there could be only one win­ner, with Next Gen­er­a­tion Dance Stu­dio tak­ing the hon­ours with Darcey Tippy-toes and Ru­dolf Leap-a-lot.

Sec­ond was Lost the Plot, put to­gether with fruit and veg­eta­bles by mem­bers of the St Dun­stan’s Hor­ti­cul­tural So­ci­ety, with St Peter’s Pri­mary School tak­ing third place.

West­gate Parks of­fi­cer Anna Bell said: “I would like to say a mas­sive thank you to ev­ery­one who took part and the West­gate Parks vol­un­teer team who make the event the suc­cess it is.

“More than a 1,000 peo­ple vis­ited the parks to join in the fun and I’m al­ready inundated with in­quiries from peo­ple want­ing to take part next year.”

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The ‘Happy Cou­ple’ are taken for a punt down The Stour dur­ing the Scare­crow Trail event

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Wally Wader the River War­den keeps an eye on pro­ceed­ings on Saturday

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Daniel Quit­ten­den and his son Rafi, 22 months, meet the St Dun­stan’s Hor­ti­cul­tural So­ci­ety cre­ation

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Lady­bird’s Pre-school scare­crow

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Carissa Mun­teanu, six, is busy mak­ing her scare­crow

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Pi­etro, four, Timo, 13 months and mum Bar­bera Wheeler ad­mire one of the en­tries

Pic­tures: Chris Davey

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