The Friends of Rowntree Park hosted our first ‘Scarecrow Trail’ over the weekend of the 7th and 8th of July 2018, and what a fabulous weekend it was! The theme was ‘children’s stories’ and the trail took people around the streets neighbouring the park. The local community produced some wonderful, inventive and awe-inspiring offerings. To name but a few, we had; Room on the Broom, Meg, Mog and Owl, Ginny Weasley from Harry Potter, The Iron Giant, Miffy, Mr Big, George’s Marvellous Medicine, Willy Wonka, Gangster Granny, The Boy in the Dress, Snail and the Whale, the Scarecrows Wedding and so many more!
We had 35 houses involved and this included the main trail and a ‘little legs’ trail for smaller children. At each house, the scarecrow had a question to be answered. Then those completing the trail sheet voted for their favourite scarecrow and got a sticker!
In the park, we had some stalls and children’s activities which included water play, perfect for very hot toddlers! Two winners were drawn at random for prizes that included vouchers for the Reading Cafe in Rowntree Park. We also had a prize for guess the name of the scarecrow.
Overall we had a fabulous weekend and we have heard people plotting what scarecrow they’d make if we were to do it again next year. We have raised just under £500 and this money will go towards our current projects which include more signage/notices for the park with regard to flowers and wildlife and improvements to the wildlife pond.
A huge thanks to everyone who took part, helped and came along and did the trail.