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Tuesday 1 June 2021

May half term Scarecrow Festival celebrates lockdown heroes

This year’s Scarecrow Festival is dedicated to inspiring individuals and local heroes during the coronavirus pandemic. Head to Tatton Park’s Gardens or Farm this half term and see if you can find your hero.

Meet Marcus Rashford, teachers Ms Spendlow and Miss Williams and Aldi’s Hand Sanitiser – in scarecrow form!

Over 100 children from local primary schools have contributed their hero suggestions or drawings. Three winning designs are being made into scarecrows for the festival: Elodie Jeffries age 8 nominated Manchester United football player Marcus Rashford, for his work in supporting free school meals during lockdown. 7-year-old Josh Borradaile-Falp nominated two of his hero teachers and Elliot age 10 nominated Aldi’s hand sanitiser! Some schools have been busy choosing, designing and making their own scarecrows, so look out for those too on your visit.

Scarecrow outfits donated by hero’s employers

When you see the dozens of scarecrows dotted throughout Tatton Park’s Gardens and Farm, you’ll notice that they’re all very well dressed! This is due to kind uniform donations from companies and local employers – look out for Royal Mail posties, Virgin train workers, DPD delivery and Arriva bus drivers to name a few, Manchester United FC has even donated a football kit and our wonderful volunteers have provided NHS workers outfits !

Family fun this half term

The Scarecrow Festival runs throughout half term from Saturday 29th May to Sunday 6th June. See if you can you spot all your favourite heroes in amongst the beauty of the Gardens and animal fun down at the Farm. Parkland Entry and tickets for the Gardens and Farm can be booked online at Please note that social distancing measures are still in place and tickets are limited, so book ahead to avoid disappointment!

Other than festivals, is there still a need for scarecrows?

Scarecrows have a long history, dating back thousands of years. Simon Tetlow, Tatton Park’s Head Gardener says “Scarecrows are still a valuable addition to any vegetable garden. Yes, they’re traditional and low tech, but they really help in deterring crows, pigeons, and even squirrels. These pesky garden invaders can do a lot of damage to young plants especially at this time of year.”

Scarecrow Festivals remain popular events up and down the country, but the name ‘scarecrow’ varies from place to place. On the Isle of Skye, they’re known as Tattie Bogals, in Berkshire it would be Hodmedod, Mommet in Somerset, Mawkin in Sussex, and in Scotland it’s a Bodach-rocal or ‘old man of the rocks’.

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