Herne Bay is transformed with wildflowers and scarecrows

Herne Bay’s Seaside Scarecrow Trail got off to a colourful and quirky start this month by spreading wild flowers and beauty across the town. Launched on 1 August by Beach Creative, a community environmental art project, with funding from Grow Wild, the trail aims to bring people together through creative art and wild flowers to promote the benefits of wildlife. 

Local residents were invited to take part by creating an artistic scarecrow to display in their front garden as well as sowing wild flowers. People of all ages have also been decorating mini-plywood scarecrows which are now adorning wild flower planters in the High Street. The project is also being supported by several local businesses, Herne Bay in Bloom and Kent County Council.

Karen Simpson, one of the Directors at Beach Creative, said: “people’s creativity, imagination and ingenuity never cease to amaze me, with a huge variety from knitted scarecrows to metal ones. Even the mini ply-wood scarecrows are all different. I couldn’t be more pleased with how the trail has been taken up by the public. It is really great to see families going around with their Seaside Scarecrow Trail map and spotting them all.”

Participant Sallyann Baxter said: “although my front garden has containers for flowers every summer I had never grown ‘wild’ flowers before. So when I heard about this project I thought it was a brilliant idea and a great way to bring the community together. I decided to knit a life-size mermaid! I’ve never been one to knit a sweater but an art and wildlife project like this gave me the inspiration to make something truly unique. I hope that the people of Herne Bay enjoy seeing ‘Pearl’ the mermaid”.

The scarecrows will be on show until 31 August and residents of Herne Bay are invited to visit them all and vote for their favourite. Everyone who takes part in the vote will be entered into a free prize draw. Check out the map of the registered entries HERE

Beach Creative is a community arts venue providing a hub that includes studios, galleries, meeting rooms, workshop space and a friendly independently run cafe. With their Grow Wild funding they have also created a new community garden space adjacent to the centre and have been working with young people and families to grow native wild flowers and plants. 

Find out more about Beach Creative Community Garden HERE

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