Harrogate College’s 14+ Skills Academy students create Construction Scarecrows for Competition

Harrogate College’s 14+ Skills academy students have been busy putting the finishing touches to their entry for the Pinewoods Conservation Trust’s Scarecrow trail competition.


Tony Parry, the Schools’ Partnership Construction Tutor, has been encouraging the students to use their learning in a more creative way so that they can see that construction skills have a much wider use in the workplace than they first imagine.


In association with Harrogate in Bloom 2015, the Pinewoods Conservation Group has invited local businesses, schools and community groups to design and install a Scarecrow in the woods. By using teamwork, communication skills and thinking outside of the box, the Harrogate College Construction themed Scarecrows, one complete with the iconic builder’s bottom, are now displayed along the woods main pathway for all to admire.


“I’m so proud of the 14+ Skills Academy students that we have here at Harrogate College. They all pulled together and worked hard to achieve this end of year Community project. We look forward to seeing what’s in store for next year!” said Josie Guinness, 14+ Partnership Manager.

More than 15 entries line the Bridal Path between Harlow Carr Gardens and Valley Gardens with judging taking place on Saturday 27 June at 2pm.

Why not take a trip up to the Pinewoods and see if you can spot the Harrogate College entry – fingers crossed it’s a winner!



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