Merton pupils take their scarecrow to royal heights

A Merton school named after Henry VIII’s first wife – Catherine of Aragon – has had its very own Tudor scarecrow – called Anne Boleyn – chosen to adorn the famous Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Hampton Court Flower Show.

Pupils at Aragon Primary School, in Aragon Road, Morden, worked with Merton Council’s environmental education team to create their own version of Anne Boleyn – the wife who succeeded Catherine of Aragon as Queen of England. All scarecrows entered in the competition had to have a Tudor theme to fit in with the 500th anniversary celebrations of Henry VIII’s coronation.

Aragon’s scarecrow will be one of several artistic creations put together by children from schools across the country being exhibited at the national event. Visitors to the flower show – which runs from Tuesday 7 July until Sunday 12 July – will be able to vote for their favourite scarecrow and the winning school will receive £200 of gardening vouchers and a trophy.

Schools have to have signed up to the RHS campaign for school gardening to enter the national competition.

Aragon headteacher Gill Wilson said: “The children are all so pleased their scarecrow has been selected and they can’t wait to see her at the flower show – appropriately being held at one of Henry VIII’s favourite royal palaces.

“It is a real honour for the children but very well deserved. They worked very hard to make her and she looks fantastic. I am sure they have a very good chance of winning the competition.”

Merton Council’s cabinet member for environment and leisure services Councillor David Simpson said: “I am delighted the children’s scarecrow has been selected to appear at this famous event. There must have been hundreds of entries and it is fantastic to see Merton school pupils making a name for themselves in this way. .

“We are committed to putting the education of our young people first as well as maintaining Merton as one of the greenest boroughs in London. It is wonderful to see our young people working so hard and engaging with both history and nature in such an innovative and creative way. I will be keeping my fingers crossed for them.”