Children's Countryside Day will be better by design

Forty schools are taking part in this year's Children's Countryside Day and have been asked to design a scarecrow

Ruth Oldfield breadmaking with children from Wooler First School
Ruth Oldfield breadmaking with children from Wooler First School

With this year marking the 10th anniversary of the award-winning Children’s Countryside Day (CCD), the annual competition for the schools is set to be a big one.

Forty different schools are coming along to have Fun in the Field and are invited to design an eco-friendly scarecrow. The competition will be judged by TV favourite John Grundy.

The Glendale Agricultural Society organises this event to give children aged from five to nine first-hand experience of rural life.

Since it started, the society has educated more than 15,000 children.

Many children these days do not know where their food comes from, so the aim of the Children’s Countryside Day is to help the youngsters learn about the food they eat and the importance of the rural community.

Scarecrows are usually dressed in old clothes and placed in open fields to discourage birds from disturbing and feeding on recently-sown crops or ones that are ready for harvest.

This year the schools taking part in the Children’s Countryside Day are being asked to come up with an eco-friendly design. The scarecrow must also be no more than 1.5m high and must be weather-resistant.

Each design will be judged on originality, creativity and effort and they will be judged by television personality and North East building stalwart, John Grundy when the event is held on Thursday, June 5.

Organiser Ruth Oldfield said: “We are so excited about this year’s scarecrow competition and we are very lucky to have John Grundy judging.

“We will be looking for imaginative, creative and original ideas and hopefully, we will have an army of scarecrows displayed in the centre of this year’s event for everyone to see.

“In previous years, we have had such great feedback from the competition. It is aimed to get the children thinking about their visit to the Children’s Countryside Day and has been such a great success in the past.”

Further information can be found on Anyone schools interested in attending the Children’s Countryside Day can contact Ruth Oldfield on 01668283868 or via email


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