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Stolen scarecrow found after appeal in New Journal

Lost Gertrude found dumped in Belsize Park

01 June, 2017 — By Tom Foot

Linda Grove with Gertrude

A SCARECROW made by children to spruce up a hospital’s flower beds has been found – with a little help from the New Journal.

The straw effigy – known locally as Gertrude – was feared stolen after it disappeared from its post at the front of the Royal Free Hospital in Pond Street, Hampstead.

It was found over the weekend dumped in shrubbery outside the Globe Tennis Club in Belsize Park. Colleen O’Sullivan, a tree surgeon, said: “I found the scarecrow last Wednesday while I was carrying out tree inspections at Russell Nurseries Estate. It was hung up in an area of vegetation next to Globe Tennis Club. I had seen in the CNJ a couple of weeks ago that the scarecrow had gone missing.”

The scarecrow was made by schoolchildren at the Hampstead Hill School during an Easter project. The Royal Free flower beds have been transformed by volunteers with a colourful array of blooms.

Chief volunteer Linda Grove said: “Thanks to the Camden New Journal for writing about our lost Gertrude, she obviously became hot stolen property.”

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