CHILDREN fired up their imaginations to design scarecrows for a competition.
Youngsters from 12 schools created scarecrows resembling a range of characters from the Queen of Hearts to Munch’s iconic The Scream painting.
Their exhibits have been entered into The Scarecrow Runway competition at the Countrywide Farmers garden centre.
The winning school gets £250 worth of gardening tools, while second place receives £130 and third, £70.
Rachel Madocks special school’s scarecrow has taken on a mythical status.
Their towering 6ft effigy called Xipedoodle – after the Aztec god of farming – comes with a papier mache eagle headdress and draping materials on the arms for wings.
Learning support assistant Graham Chapman said: ‘We wanted to choose something that represented our school – so we combined our eagle logo with the Aztec image of an eagle warrior.
‘It was great fun to make and a real team effort.’
Year Four children at Clanfield Juniors are presenting their African scarecrow called Amooti, inspired by links with a school in Uganda, for which they even made African beads.
And students at Oaklands Catholic School in Waterlooville have taken the scare in scarecrow to a new level with their Screamcrow based on the painting by Edvard Munch – all made out of recyclable materials.
Event organiser Jessica Cramer said: ‘We are so impressed with the schools’ response and the kids’ extraordinary designs.
‘We hope to run the competition annually so we can help supply as many children in the area as we can with the equipment they need to keep their schools growing and producing their own crops’
Other schools that have entered a scarecrow are Padnell Infants, The Waterloo School, Purbrook Juniors, Petersgate Infants, Hartplain Infants, Queens Inclosure Infants, Mill Hill Primary, Purbrook Infants and St Paul’s Catholic Primary.
Visit the centre to vote for your favourite scarecrow. The competition closes at 4pm on Sunday.