SCARECROWS are popping up in people’s gardens in Sway to pay tribute to NHS staff and key workers.
Around 15 homes in the village have so far joined in, with organisers expecting more as the project runs throughout June.
A scarecrow competition would normally be held in July as part of the carnival celebrations, which have been cancelled due to coronavirus.
Pam Wade, who is chair of Sway Carnival, told the A&T a resident came up with the idea to show support for frontline workers. She said she was “really pleased” with how it had been received by locals.
She said: “We thought it was a nice idea and the right time, now that the clapping has stopped, to say thank you.
“It also gives people something to do and something to look at if they are out for a walk. They are just for fun though and will not be judged.”
Sway carnival was due to be held next month with a week of events including a five-mile fun run, dog show and fete.
However, the decision was taken to postpone until 2nd July 2021, meaning it is the first time it has not been held in over 30 years.
Pam added: “Even if lockdown was lifted, it is the social distancing that is the problem. We would not want to encourage people to gather.”
So far, imaginative locals have dressed their scarecrows as firemen, refuse collectors, nurses, doctors and a soldier.
As reported in the A&T, residents in Hale and Woodgreen also decorated their gardens and made scarecrows to pay tribute to key workers as well as lifting people’s spirits.