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What is left of Trina the scarecrow

What is left of Trina the scarecrow

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A scarecrow that was burnt down in the Norwich Cathedral grounds is being remade by art and design pupils at Norwich School.

Trina the scarecrow before the attack.Trina the scarecrow before the attack.

The Scarecrow, called Trina, was part of a marketing campaign called “The Final Straw” by Easton and Otley College in conjunction with Archant Dialogue.

It had only been in position at Norwich Cathedral for one day before it was set alight in what is believed to be an arson attack.

The scarecrows can be found at various locations in Norwich and Ipswich with each having their own names and personalities and are there to show students that courses in agriculture and farming are a good career path.

Clare Dyble, director of enterprise and marketing at the college, said: “It is a campaign to raise awareness of careers in agriculture and farming to show that they are viable careers.

“We’re very sad that someone could set one alight, we were just trying to help out young people.”

After hearing about the scarecrow being burnt down, Ian Passam, head of art and design at Norwich School, decided to offer to rebuild the scarecrow.

“The students were upset, some people thought it was a gimmick when we heard about the incident,” said Mr Passam.

“But when I asked the students if they wanted to help, they thought it was fantastic.”

Six of the school’s art and design sixth form students, along with two gap students, will be rebuilding the scarecrow, but with a slight twist.

“The idea is going to be based on the peregrine falcon, because they’re nesting in the cathedral, but it will still be a scarecrow.”

He added: “The students are excited to be doing something different, and they’re giving up their free periods and evenings. The cost of the materials is being covered by the deputy head.”

Lorna Willis, client solutions director at Archant Dialogue, said: “The Final Straw team are absolutely delighted with the generous offer from Norwich School.We are very much looking forward to seeing the new scarecrow and getting ‘her’ back to work in promoting the huge range of opportunities in land based industries.”

Inquries into the arson are ongoing and the police ask anyone with any information to contact Norfolk Constabulary on 101.

Are you doing something to help a good cause? Email rebecca.murphy@archant.co.uk or polly.grice@archant.co.uk

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