Bertie Bird ready to scare away the birds in Allianz Scarecrow Avenue!

Bertie Bird from Rowandale Integrated Primary School

Pupils from Rowandale Integrated Primary School in Moira are hoping their scarecrow, ‘Bertie Bird’ will scare away all marauding birds from the fields around Moira as they put the finishing touches to ‘Bertie Bird’, the scarecrow they have created for Allianz Scarecrow Avenue.

Visitors to Allianz Garden Show Ireland are greeted on arrival by the scarecrows which have taken up residence along the entrance pathway, Allianz Scarecrow Avenue. Scarecrows are designed and made by designed and made by children from integrated primary schools throughout Northern Ireland.

After the hard work by the pupils and with the help of their teachers and classroom assistants Bertie Bird is flying over to Antrim Castle Gardens to join the 27 other residents of Allianz Scarecrow Avenue, where the new occupants will hope to win an Award in the scheme which is co-ordinated by the Integrated Education Fund and each year creates ever more excitement in integrated primary schools across Northern Ireland.

Each school will be hoping that their scarecrow will catch the eye of the judges and scoop an award.

Pamela Ballantine will be overseeing the Awards ceremony on Friday 4 May at 11am when Mark Diacono presents Awards to the winners of a number of categories including, Best in Show, Scariest, Most Traditional, Most Eco-Friendly and this year’s special category, Best Nursery Rhyme Character. The judges will also be awarding a number of Highly Commended Awards to participating primary schools.

All the participants will be invited to a special ‘Planting Workshop’ at CAFRE Greenmount College in the autumn where Award winning schools will also receive trees, courtesy of CAFRE Greenmount, ready for autumn planting at their school.

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