Scarecrows in Winterbourne have brought a community together during lockdown

Kayleigh Harris, the daughter of Karin Gardener from Assessed Scaffolding Association member’s Skyline Access Scaffolding Ltd, has brought the community of Winterbourne together in an unlikely way; with scarecrows.

Kayleigh, who has 3 small children, decided to set up a Scarecrow Trail in Winterbourne to entertain the local children whilst they were out on their daily exercise during lockdown. Kayleigh also wanted the vulnerable and self-isolating to be able to join in, so she set up a Facebook page.

The idea soon took off and Kayleigh decided to use the opportunity to help raise some money for the local school, St Michael’s Primary, which has been kept open by the staff for the children of key workers.

Kayleigh has already raised £1,237, which is way over double her target of £500. All of which is going towards library books and play equipment at St Michael’s.

The idea really caught the imagination of the village, at the last count there were over 230 scarecrows of all shapes, sizes and themes; and there is also now a Trail Map for the local children to follow.

Karin has said that her daughter Kayleigh’s idea has “certainly improved everyone’s mental health; children and adults alike” throughout the lockdown, and she is “naturally very proud of her.”

Kayleigh said that:

“The support and participation has been completely overwhelming. I am so grateful to live in such a wonderful community and we have really come together.”

If you would like to donate to St Michael’s Primary then you can head to Kayleigh’s Go Fund Me page here:

 Photo Credits to Winterbourne Scarecrow Trail 2020