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What is it about scarecrows that makes them so great?

A couple of weeks ago, me and my mate Ed spent the day doing the KM Charity Walk.

It was brilliant. Although, just between you and me, I think Ed preferred the ice cream and barbecue afterwards to the walking bit.

Robert Stephens and Richard Pearce of Maidstone Riverside Rotary Club with a scarecrow from Molehill Primary School

But the best thing about it was this scarecrow trail I organised (with a little help from some friends).

Schools and youth clubs like the Scouts and Guides had made these amazing scarecrows, which were placed along the route of the walk.

Headcorn Primary staff and pupils with their scarecrow

And the people doing the walk got to choose which were their favourites.

It was a bit like Britain’s Got Scarecrows or The Straw Factor but with a bit less singing and dancing.

It reminded me of the Wizard of Oz, and I kept trying to break into Follow the Yellow Brick Road. But every time I did so, Ed kept offering me one of his super-chewy toffees. And it’s hard to sing when your teeth are all glued together.

But check this out: the children who made the two best scarecrows got to share £250. Mad. What would you do with £250?

And those scarecrows were so good. Take a look at the photos here.

Phoenix Community Primary’s scarecrow

Phoenix Community Primary School in Ashford won the £100 cash prize for a wicked pair of scarecrows modelled on Betty O’Barley and Harry O’Hay from Julia Donaldson’s brilliant book A Scarecrows’ Wedding.

And Leeds and Kingswood Beavers won £150 for their entry, Buggles the beaver.

But my favourite was one featuring Justin from CBeebies show Justin’s House.

Lynsey Ziegler and Carla Garrud with a scarecrow from Meadowfield Special School

Justin’s House is my favourite programme, but when I told Phil that afterwards he got a bit of a hump on.

It’s a good thing I still had a couple of sausages left from the Charity Walk barbecue. It soon put a smile back on his face when I gave one of them to him.

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