Most scarecrows are designed to keep birds away from crops - but the 39 nursery rhyme themed versions dotted around Wanborough had just the opposite effect for families looking for something fun to do over the May Bank Holiday weekend. 

Parents, children, grandparents and their dogs took to the streets of the village to track down the handmade scarecrows depicting popular nursery rhymes with everything from 'Wheels On The Bus' to Incy Wincy Spider'. 

The annual Wanborough Scarecrow Trail, which was founded in 2005 and has taken place every year since apart from the two during the pandemic.

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Funds raised by the volunteer-run trail go towards the Wanborough Community Fund - a charity which supports projects and events in the village.

It was initially set up by Tessa Lanstein and over the years the trail has raised over £80,000 pounds for community groups, activities and facilities across Wanborough, Liddington, Bishopstone and Hinton Parva.

This year's Scarecrow Trail will more than likely be the last for Tessa as she moved away from Wanborough in January 2020 and has travelled down from from her new home to help with this year's event. 

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She said: "I moved to North Shropshire January 2020 but promised to stay involved with the Scarecrow Trail and the May Day Fayre until we could run our first post covid event: scarecrow trail has been possible this year, hopefully May Day Fayre next year!

"I still pop down to Wanborough quite regularly as I still run 1st Wanborough Scout Group but will be leaving that role at the end of the summer."

But Tessa leaves behind a legacy that has quickly become a tradition, with pubs The Harrow, The Plough and The Brewer's Arms, Wanbrorough Village Hall and The Brewer's Arms all getting involved. 

Rachel Moreman, 53, has just moved to Wanborough, but decided to take part by building a Queen of Hearts scarecrow, which is now sitting on her wall. 

She said: "I saw the ad in the local magazine and thought I'd make one. It's been lovely, so many people have come to visit and say hi."

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The trail has even become an attraction for the rest of Swindon.

One family found near Little Bo Beep had come from Ridgeway Farm to take part.

"This is the second time we've done the trail, it's great," mum Lynsey said. 

The trail began on April 23 and will run until May 8 so it's not too late to take part.

Trail maps are £3 and activity sheets for children are £1.50 and can be picked up from The Plough or the Brewer's Arms. 

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