Thank you to everyone who participated in the 2017 Ardingly Scarecrow Festival! It was wonderful to see so many people support the Ardingly Safer Streets initiative and so many scarecrows appear around the village. With 61 scarecrows in total, this was a fantastic turn out for our first Scarecrow Festival! Ardingly residents Esther Clutton, Sophie Koziarski and Tamara Nelson organised the festival as part of the Safer Streets in Ardingly campaign. As parents of young children, they set up the campaign to raise awareness of the problem of speeding traffic in the village. The goal of the Scarecrow Festival was to bring together the community in a positive way to demonstrate the need for measures to be taken to slow down the traffic. The campaign hopes to build on and work alongside the project already underway by the Parish Council and the Traffic Committee, which has recently seen the installation of Speed Indicator Devices, as well as the other Phase 1 measures which are due to be implemented within the next year. In addition to scarecrows, local children have drawn posters encouraging drivers to slow down, which have also been positioned around the village. Thanks to all those that supported this event and to Hanson Aggregates who sponsored the hi-vis tabards displaying a large 30mph sign printed on the reverse, these tabards send out a clear message to the traffic passing through the village, and we are really pleased to see these being worn by parents and children on their way to and from school.
Plans are already underway for the 2018 Scarecrow Festival so start planning your scarecrow design now!