National schools scarecrow competition returns to Letchworth

Winning entry to be displayed at RHS Hampton Court

Children from across Letchworth are being invited to create a scarecrow with a twist, with the best Letchworth entry to be displayed at RHS Hampton Court Flower Show, the world’s largest flower show.

Organised by ARCH Community Group and supported by Letchworth Garden City Heritage Foundation, the competition requires local primary schools to create a ‘Walk on the Wild Side’ themed scarecrow, celebrating the remarkable variety of wildlife in Britain.

Steve Howells from ARCH Community Group said: “We’re very excited to have been able to secure a space for one of our schools at the Hampton Court show for the third year running.

“We’re asking children to create a scarecrow that’s sustainable, uses elements of plant material and is built entirely from scratch. The project is definitely a challenge for the schools, so we’re really looking forward to seeing what the children can come up with.”

The winning scarecrow will go on display at Standalone Farm from April before moving to Hampton Court for a week in July. Ten pupils and two teachers from the winning school will be invited on an all-expenses paid trip to see their scarecrow on show.  Following this, the scarecrow will return to Standalone Farm where it will remain until October.

Last year, Northfields School won the competition with their rocket science themed ‘Northfields 9 Space Mission’.

Staging and judging for the competition will take place on 31 March at Standalone Farm.