SCARECROWS looked blooming marvellous as they decorated a Bognor Regis park.
But these were not your normal scarecrows, there was a pirate, mermaid, princess, undertaker and even Woody from Toy Story all thrown into the mix as part of the competition organised by the Bognor Regis In Bloom working party .
The event, held in Hotham Park on Saturday, was a first for the town’s In Bloom working party.
There were five categories open to individuals, families, businesses, groups and schools within Bognor’s four wards.
With every scarecrow an individual it was a hard task for the competition’s judges – chairman of the Bognor Regis in Bloom working party Greg Burt and deputy mayor Jeanette Warr – to pick the cream of the crop.
Cllr Warr said: “It is a hard job, but we will be looking for originality, good use of recycled materials and of course they have to include something growing on them, whether that be a plant, grass or flowers.”
Entrant Marie Gale, showcased her creation, which she entered on behalf of Co-operative funeral care in Canada Grove.
“It has been a lot of fun, and looking around at the other entries I am already coming up with new ideas for next year,” said Marie.
Marie created the scarecrow, who was an undertaker with a difference, with her husband.
With a wooden skeleton, stuffed with newspaper and dressed in a smart suit, it took the pair about three hours to make their fully recyclable creation.
Other entries included the Aldingbourne Trust, Hotham Park Heritage Trust, and members of the town’s Girl Guiding movement.
First place winners were:
Megan Daymond (individual), the Hobbs family (family), The Aldingbourne Trust’s N73 Drop-in Centre (business), The Hotham Park Heritage Trust (group) and Rose Green Infants (school).