12 - 17 SEPTEMBER 2022

Theme: Life in our Oceans

This year is our Neighbourhood Garden's 6th Annual Scarecrow Festival. Our theme is "Life in our Oceans". Your scarecrow might be a favourite animal living on, or visiting, our wonderful Great Barrier Reef. Or maybe you could make a group of scarecrows showing some of our wonderful wildlife that lives in Australia's waters, or at the seaside: crabs, fish, octopus, sharks, seaweed, whales, a coral reef, a bristling sea urchin, colourful hermit crabs... the possibilities are endless! 

What: Free community event - build a scarecrow or other figure out of any materials you have to hand!  You can build as many as you like!

How to participate: form a school/daycare/family or other community group, and build a scarecrow or other figure to display at the Garden during Festival Week.

When: Build your scarecrows to the Garden anytime before Thursday 15 September.

How to get scarecrows to Garden: Drop them off to the Garden at a time that suits you (we will put them up).

Where: Erindale Neighbourhood Garden, Comrie Street Wanniassa (opposite Erindale Centre). 

Scarecrows will be displayed along the Comrie Street fence in Erindale Neighbourhood Garden from 12-17 September. 

They can be viewed from the footpath.



The scarecrows can be viewed by walking or driving along Comrie Street. 

They will form part of the lovely Floriade Reimagined garden displays 

hosted by Tuggeranong Uniting Church.


1. For children and adults of all ages to have fun, be creative, and enjoy community involvement through constructing scarecrows or other figures on the broad theme "Life in our Oceans". 

2. To encourage an understanding of recycling and re-use of materials.

Who can participate: We welcome participation from any interested groups, such as: day care and preschools, schools, families; community or other groups, aged care residents. You can enter as many teams or scarecrows as you wish.

What does it cost? Nothing. Participation is free. 

What to build?  

  • A scarecrow, or group of scarecrows or other figures - they can be people, animals, fish, tell a story, or a combination, with whatever other elements you like. You can include a sign with any sort of positive message that fits or gives information about your theme.
  • Your scarecrows need a strong central supporting stake (eg a garden stake or star picket).
  • Scarecrows can be made from any materials (eg recycled materials, papier mache, old clothes, wood, sticks, straw, fabric, feathers, car tyres, old brooms, wire, plastic, cardboard). But please - no styrofoam beads! 
  • Your scarecrows could be Australian sea creatures, a group of seashore rockpool animals, whales, dolphins, coral reef, seaweed, clown or parrot fish - whatever you like!
  • You might create a scarecrow that represents something from the Australian seashore or oceans that you have been learning about. 
  • You are only limited by your imagination!


How to enter:

Simple! Either -

  • complete and submit the application form online; or
  • print, complete and scan the application form and email it to the Neighbourhood Garden co-ordinator at: [email protected]; or
  • phone the Garden co-ordinator (Karen: mobile 0407 896 489) and let her know your details.

Certificates will be awarded to teams for:

  • Most Original Scarecrow or Figure/theme/idea/concept
  • Best in Category: (a) day care/preschool/junior primary school (b) primary school years 3-6; (c) high school and college; (d) special education and needs (e) aged care (f) family/friends (g) community, club or other group
  • Creative Use of Recycled Materials
  • Best in Scarecrow Festival for 2022
  • People's Choice