Schools' scarecrow competition

Winner revealed for the space-themed scarecrows that were out of this world

Scarecrows at Hampton Court Show 2016
A Minion called Kevin took first prize in this year's space-themed scarecrow competition for RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show.

Minion scarecrow from Rosemead Preparatory SchoolSchools were challenged to use plants and recycled materials to create their space scarecrows. Children were encouraged to let their imaginations run wild, taking inspiration from all things space, from aliens and UFOs to British astronaut Tim Peake’s current space mission


The winning school, with its design of Kevin the Minion on his rocket, was Rosemead Preparatory School.

Second prize went to Hurst Park Primary, who created Stormtrooper Sam, sent from the Galactic Empire to teach humans about waste recycling.

Abbey's Astraw-naut, a solar-system themed scarecrow, created by Abbeys Primary School, shot into third place.

The shortlisted schools were asked to build their scarecrow designs which were judged at the show. The lucky winners received £200 worth of gardening vouchers, with second and third placed schools receiving £150 and £50 worth of gardening vouchers. 

Find out all the results on the RHS Campaign for School Gardening website.

alien scarecrow

The inspiration for the ‘space’ theme comes from the RHS and UK Space Agency education initiative Rocket Science. The initiative has given up to 10,000 schools the chance to become space biologists by growing rocket seeds that have orbited the Earth as part of Tim Peake’s six-month mission on the International Space Station. 

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