Garsons of Esher named the winner of its 2016 Build a Scarecrow competition on Saturday morning, as the farm celebrated 35 years of pick your own. The spectacular entry won 3-year-old Sophie Chadwick and her grandmother Christine Chadwick £100 worth of Garsons vouchers.
The judging took place in the farm fields and head judge, Garsons director Ben Thompson, said he was extremely impressed with the high standard of the entries. "The creativity we've seen this year has been outstanding," he said. "It's been a difficult job trying to choose the top three, and we spent a lot of time deliberating, but we felt that Sophie’s scarecrow just pipped the others to the post. We particularly liked the creative design and colourful materials use, but they really were all wonderful."
Sophie’s scarecrow, built in Mrs Chadwick’s Esher garden, was inspired by her love of butterflies and bees and used a combination of natural materials combined with colourful decorations. The creative duo said they were looking forward to spending on plants including blueberry bushes and a box plant.
"We loved building the scarecrow together as a grandmother and a granddaughter together in our garden,” commented Mrs Chadwick.
All the scarecrows entered into the competition will remain in the pick your own fields throughout the summer, so visitors to Garsons can see all of the entries. "We've had a slow start to the pick your own season this year with all the wet weather, so we're hoping that now it seems to be staying dry, these scarecrows will see off all the birds," said Mr Thompson.