Hundreds flock to amazing Manuden Scarecrow Festival

PUBLISHED: 17:26 11 April 2016 | UPDATED: 17:26 11 April 2016

Manuden Scarecrow-Trail
14. T-Rex from Dinosaurs Love Underpants. 
Cousins Grace Wildsmith age 3 from Berden and Marie Wildsmith age 5 from Stansted meet a T-Rex. Picture: Celia Bartlett Photography

Manuden Scarecrow-Trail 14. T-Rex from Dinosaurs Love Underpants. Cousins Grace Wildsmith age 3 from Berden and Marie Wildsmith age 5 from Stansted meet a T-Rex. Picture: Celia Bartlett Photography

Copyright © 2016 Celia Bartlett Photography

More than 1,000 people flocked to Manuden at the weekend to take part in the village’s second scarecrow trail.

This year’s theme was book characters and the Charlie and the Chocolate Factory mannequin won the prize for best scarecrow as voted by those who completed the trail.

More than £4,000 was raised at the event, which took place from Friday (April 8) to Sunday (April 10), and the money will go towards updating the village’s play area.

Lizzie Mclean, from the organising team of parents behind the event, said: “We had an absolutely fantastic weekend, and were amazed by how many people came down to visit the scarecrow trail. In total, we sold more than 620 maps and raised £4,279 which is well over double what we expected to make.

“The money will be used to pay for a new swing frame for older children at the play area, and will include a basket swing.

“We’d like to say a really massive thank you to everyone who came to complete the trail, to everyone who made the superb scarecrows, and to our sponsors, Savills, Koru Gym and Jon Scaffolding Services.”

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