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Scare in the community! A new resident for Royal Free’s garden

28 April, 2017 — By Thomas McMahon

Back row, from left: Malcolm Grove and Ultan Nelson. Front row, from left: Patricia Langley, Emma Hill, Mercedes Bose, Agnes Smith and Charlotte Gascoigne

THE Royal Free Garden has a new resident: a scarecrow made by schoolchildren.

Pupils at Hampstead Hill School created the straw man after school headteacher Andrea Taylor was approached by a team of volunteers who maintain a “once desolate space” in Pond Street, Hampstead. Linda Grove, a former primary school teacher, said: “I am hoping that other local schools will get involved and make a scarecrow representing their school.”

Ms Grove and her gardeners began sprucing up the outside of the hospital 18 months ago and have already attracted volunteers from as far afield as South Korea.

The Royal Free is backing the project and people interest in getting involved should ­contact the Royal Free’s Sharon Howarth on sharon.howarth1@nhs.net or 020 7830 2306.

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