Third Manuden Scarecrow Trail hailed a success after raising more than £4,000 for village playground

PUBLISHED: 13:35 06 June 2017 | UPDATED: 13:35 06 June 2017

Youngsters with a creation at the Manuden Scarecrow Hunt. Picture: Saffron Photo

Youngsters with a creation at the Manuden Scarecrow Hunt. Picture: Saffron Photo

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More than £4,000 will go towards putting the finishing touches on a playground in Manuden thanks to this year's Scarecrow Trail.

Youngsters at the Manuden Scarecrow Hunt. Picture: Saffron PhotoYoungsters at the Manuden Scarecrow Hunt. Picture: Saffron Photo

Now in its third year, the event saw 25 imaginative creations catching visitors’ eyes as they voted for their favourite, including a giant spider and majestic hay bale clock tower.

A house decorated for the hunt. Picture: Saffron PhotoA house decorated for the hunt. Picture: Saffron Photo

“It was really successful,” Lizzie McLean, organiser, said.

A Disney creation at the hunt. Picture: Saffron PhotoA Disney creation at the hunt. Picture: Saffron Photo

“The villagers have got more and more creative since it started and I’ve had people driving through the village saying they couldn’t believe how talented people are. It’s a real community event.”

Visitors enjoying the hunt. Picture: Saffron PhotoVisitors enjoying the hunt. Picture: Saffron Photo

This year’s winning scarecrow was a Disney-inspired creation from The Lion King, with other prizes handed out on the day.

The trail was originally started to raise money for new playground facilities in the village.

Although the playground has been installed, it’s hoped this year’s money can go towards finishing touches including picnic tables and a notice board.

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