Scarecrows highlight recycle week

Cllr Simon Inch and Lorraine Inch, the Mayor and Mayoress of Bideford; Sallie McKay-Roper, Tesco Bid

Cllr Simon Inch and Lorraine Inch, the Mayor and Mayoress of Bideford; Sallie McKay-Roper, Tesco Bideford community champion with the scarecrows. Pic: Graham Hobbs. - Credit: Archant

Colourful characters in competition for best recyclable scarecrow at Tesco Bideford.

A COLOURFUL array of scarecrows lined the car park of Tesco Bideford this week as part of National Recycle Week.

The competition to create a scarecrow from recycled materials was thought up by Tesco community champion Sallie McKay-Roper.

She said: “I was given a pair of trousers by my employers Tesco and realised that our new uniform is now made from recycled plastic bottles.

“I wanted to show our customers this and thought of displaying the uniform on a scarecrow during the week and to draw attention to just what can be achieved by recycling.

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“At the same time I thought I could arrange a community competition and invite some of the groups/schools that I have worked with to make scarecrows out of recycled materials.”

The competition received 12 entries which were judges by Bideford Mayor and Mayoress, Simon and Lorraine Inch.

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The children’s community group category was won by 2nd Bideford Scouts, the adult community group was won by the Pollyfield allotment association and East-the-water School year one’s class won the school category.

“The event has been a huge success,” said Sallie.

“I have been delighted to have many conversations with various customers who have stopped to admire the scarecrows, even in the rain.”

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