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Toot Lane scarecrow competition

For the first time an annual Toot Lane Allotment Association scarecrow competition has been held which pulled out all stops in creating some impressive scarecrows.

Robert Hackett, Chairman of the allotments association, said: "The idea behind making scarecrows is to get friends, families and the community together and to be part of something positive.

"This competition saw lots of scarecrows and the standards were amazing.

"Everyone who got involved was then invited to a special allotment barbeque held last Sunday afternoon where the winners were announced.

"Thank you to everyone who joined in this competition.

"A great time was had by all and we are all very much looking forward to next year's competition."

The competition had eight scarecrows entered and the judging was done by Jenny Moore, Boston Borough Council's environmental and sustainability officer who had a tough task in choosing the winners.

The winners were the South family who won a £20 gift voucher sponsored by Bell's Nursery, Benington, Boston.

And there was two runner-ups, Paul Blackman and Donna Lumley, who both received a gardening-themed mug courtesy of Boston Borough Council.

Jenny said: "I was so impressed with the variety of entries for this competition. They were all amazing and so much effort had gone into every single one of them. Well done to everyone involved.

"Toot Lane allotment association like many of the allotment associations are a close community.  They not only enjoy the fresh air, home grown produce and healthy lifestyle but also enjoy the social aspect of spending time with people that share the same interest." 

If you would like to know more about allotment gardening, growing your own vegetables, fruit and even enjoy fresh eggs from your own chickens, please get in touch with Boston Borough Council on 01205 314583 and we will be able to put you in touch with someone from our six allotment associations.

Winning scarecrow Displays a larger version of this image in a new browser window
Jenny looking over the great efforts made

Winner Pat Displays a larger version of this image in a new browser window
Winner Pat receives his Bell's gift voucher handed over by Robert

Runner up Donna Displays a larger version of this image in a new browser window  Runner up Paul Displays a larger version of this image in a new browser window
Donna and Paul receive their runner-up prizes from Robert - a gardening mug each