Are these Suffolk’s scariest scarecrows? Crazy complaint against Cubs’ creations gives Kiln Farm a fright

Scary scarecrows at Kiln Farm Nursery in Kesgrave. The farm received a complaint saying its scarecro

Scary scarecrows at Kiln Farm Nursery in Kesgrave. The farm received a complaint saying its scarecrows were too scary, so put out a Facebook post asking if the community was upset by them. Pictured is owner Paul Goudy. - Credit: Gregg Brown

A group of scarecrows crafted by Cub Scouts in Kesgrave have been deemed too effective after a farm received a complaint that they were “too scary.”

Scary scarecrows at Kiln Farm Nursery in Kesgrave. The farm received a complaint saying its scarecro

Scary scarecrows at Kiln Farm Nursery in Kesgrave. The farm received a complaint saying its scarecrows were too scary, so put out a Facebook post asking if the community was upset by them. - Credit: Gregg Brown

Kiln Farm Nursery in Main Road, Kesgrave, each year invites the 1st Kesgrave Scout Group to create a host of scarecrows for its fields, but last week received a call from a member of the public who felt this year’s watchful wardens were too frightening.

Concerned that it was a feeling shared by others, the farm posted a Facebook status asking if others had been offended and they were happy to take them down if others had.

But more than 75 comments on the post have been overwhelmingly in support of the scarecrows.

Ruth Goudy, 46, who runs the farm alongside husband Paul, said: “We can understand why they felt like that, and we put the Facebook post out because we were worried others were upset.

“But the response has been overwhelming and people have been really supportive.

“Although we realise that they are not the best looking chaps we like them because Kesgrave Cubs have fun making them with Paul here each year.”

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Ruth and Paul are now hoping the scarecrows will bring them good fortune for the upcoming sweetcorn crop after two years of crop failures for the vegetable, while also eyeing the possibility of starting a scarecrow making festival in the future.

Ruth added: “We are talking about a scarecrow making festival trying to combine it with harvest festival.

“If we could get the cubs and the church and care home involved that would be great, and it helps people get out and about in the fresh air, doing something physical and creative.”

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