Trengwainton’s annual scarecrow exhibition

Two scarecrows dressed as wrestlers in the kitchen garden at Trengwainton

Here's the story of our scarecrow exhibition in 2019. It remains to be seen whether we can return to working with schools in creating scarecrow exhibitions in future years.


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Making the scarecrows

Around 60 children from Heamoor, St Mary’s CE and St Maddern’s schools made the scarecrows thanks to the creative skills of artist John Keys, and they were helped by volunteers from Trengwainton.

John led workshops in the schools and the children’s enthusiasm, talent and humour shine through in the finished articles.


The scarecrow characters

There are 13 scarecrows and they’re an eclectic mix of characters; there’s an artist painting the scene before her and a footballer kicking a ball. An army soldier is scaling one of the walls and a member of the RNLI is seen mid-rescue hanging from a winch.

Other careers represented include a police woman, chef and even two wrestlers who are mid-bout.


The setting

The scarecrows are all set within the historic walled kitchen garden at Trengwainton and they’re a quirky sight in amongst the fruit, vegetables and flowers. 

Each of the five sections of the kitchen garden has its own distinct character, as did Sir Rose Price who in the early 1800s, built their overall size to the dimensions of Noah’s Ark in the bible; 300 cubits long x 50 cubits wide (400 feet x 67 feet).


Vote for your favourite

You can see the scarecrows any time during normal opening hours until the garden closes on 27 October 2019. Visit during August and you’ll be able to vote for your favourite in the second-hand bookshop. 

The results are eagerly awaited by the schools and you can find out which scarecrow won by keeping an eye on our Twitter and Facebook posts in September.