Florence Nightingale and William Shakespeare among esteemed guests at Letchworth’s Standalone Farm

Standalone Farms Alison Taylor, Heritage Foundations Beth McDougall and Steve and Caroline Howells f

Standalone Farms Alison Taylor, Heritage Foundations Beth McDougall and Steve and Caroline Howells from ARCH formed the judging panel for the scarecrow competition. - Credit: Archant

Florence Nightingale, William Shakespeare and King John were among the esteemed guests at Standalone Farm in Letchworth over Easter.

William Shakespeare.

William Shakespeare. - Credit: Archant

Schools had been tasked with designing scarecrows representing a historical character made up of recycled materials and dried or potted plants.

Woman of the ages.

Woman of the ages. - Credit: Archant

As part of ARCH community group’s school competition, judges from ARCH, the Heritage Foundation and Standalone Farm ran their eyes over creations including Woman of the Ages, King Scarecrow VIII and a scarecrow representing 100 years of Ladybird books.

Florence Nightingale.

Florence Nightingale. - Credit: Archant

Heritage Foundation community projects and learning co-ordinator Beth McDougall said: “These fantastic scarecrows were extremely difficult to judge on the day.

“Each one is a fantastic representation of the imaginations and hard work of the school children and staff at each school who had very obviously put a lot of thought and time into their scarecrow.”


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The winning scarecrow is hoping to steal the limelight at the RHS Hampton Court scarecrow competition and be rewarded with £100 worth of gardening vouchers to be used in the winning school’s grounds.

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