Scarecrows add touch of fun to in Bloom judging

NAWN110712 Scoles in Bloom. Ben Hogan (chairman of Scoles in Bloom) with Bill Oldroyd(committee member), Russell Boland(judge),Jane Macaulay(committee member), Richard Gill (LCC), Lilla Womack(committee member and Jo Birch (judge).  (110712AM12)
NAWN110712 Scoles in Bloom. Ben Hogan (chairman of Scoles in Bloom) with Bill Oldroyd(committee member), Russell Boland(judge),Jane Macaulay(committee member), Richard Gill (LCC), Lilla Womack(committee member and Jo Birch (judge). (110712AM12)

It was judgement day in Scholes on Tuesday.

Yorkshire in Bloom judges toured the village with Scholes in Bloom volunteers who are bidding to win a Gold medal for the second year running.

And the winner of the bi-annual Best Scarecrow contest was chosen by Coun Matthew Robinson, who represents Scholes on Leeds City Council.

On behalf of Scholes in Bloom he inspected around 30 scarecrows displayed outside homes around the village.

Winner Karen Dales and her daughter Laura made not just one scarecrow but an entire wedding group, which they located outside Scholes Methodist Chapel with a ‘scarecrow photographer’ taking their picture.

Their prize of gardening vouchers was sponsored by Scholes in Bloom, whose chairman, Ben Hogan, praised the high quality of all the scarecrows produced by local residents.

Although Yorkshire in Bloom judges take care not to give too much away during their appraisals, Coun Hogan said their visit “went extremely well”.

They also visited Scholes Elmet Primary School, Gold medal winners in the schools category last year, where pupils put a huge effort into their garden, advised by a Scholes in Bloom volunteer.

Six of the children, accompanied by two of their teachers, joined the judges and hosts for lunch at the Manor House, Scholes.