Keynsham Scarecrow Trail goes into extra time for school holidays

August 03 2018
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Any families who haven’t had a chance to follow Keynsham in Bloom’s Scarecrow Trail yet now have a few extra weeks to fit it into their summer schedule.

Organisers have announced that the trail will be extended over the school holidays to give people the chance to find them all.

One scarecrow most people travelling through the centre of town can’t miss is Keynsham Plastic Re-Action Group’s Plastic Pete, who is sitting on the bench outside Keynsham Baptist Church.

After raising awareness of plastic pollution and receiving a good reception from the crowds at Hampton Court Palace Flower Show in early July as part of the Community Garden display, Pete – who is made of discarded plastic packaging - was brought home to Keynsham to take part in the trail.

On Wednesday, July 11, however, he made an unscheduled disappearance overnight. A social media appeal swiftly solved the mystery when he was discovered abandoned and headless near Lockingwell Road. His head was found in the Baptist Church garden and, after some repairs, he was returned to his spot in the High Street – although he is now kept inside at night.

Keynsham Plastic Re-Action have also organised a trail within a trail as some of Pete’s anti-plastic messages are being displayed in High Street shop windows for younger visitors to find.

The message is continued on the opposite side of the street, where members of Victoria Methodist Church have created Jonah and the Whale-themed scarecrows. The 6ft whale’s body is filled with single-use plastics, inspired by the plight of a pilot whale that died in Thailand in June with 80 plastic bags in its stomach.

Church Eco-Group member Mike Barrow said there are displays in the church on the effects of plastic pollution and members are encouraging people not to buy bottled water by offering refills.

He said: “Anything we can do to concentrate people’s minds on the worship of plastic that the Western world has now is nothing but a positive thing.”

  • Scarecrow Trail maps are available for 20p from Keynsham Town Council’s offices at 15-17 Temple Street.
  • Keynsham Plastic Re-Action will be at Keynsham Farmers’ Market on Saturday, August 11, collecting signatures for their petition calling on local councils to cut their use of plastic.