Tattiebogles wanted

Organisers of the annual Harvest Festival and scarecrow competition at Bowhill House and Country Estate, Selkirk are urging enthusiasts to get thinking creatively.

For the festivities return for the fifth year next month, on Sunday, September 21, when the best-dressed scarecrows in the Borders will receive £50 prizes (for the group and the family/individual categories)

The winning straw characters will be decided by public vote at the festival, which includes other family entertainment and activities.

Bowhill house and events manager, Helen Currie said: “Last year, the scarecrow competition attracted lots of impressive entries and we’re hoping this year will be even better.

“Everyone is feeling the buzz of the Commonwealth Games, which I’m sure will rub off on our entries. The scarecrows could be dressed in Commonwealth colours or in the theme of a particular sport, athlete or country.

She added: “The Harvest Festival has always been a really enjoyable day with fun for all the family.”

Other activities this month include Yew’ve Been Framed on August 13, giving visitors the chance to make their own woodland picture frame.

On Sunday (August 10), families will be able to explore the woodlands of Bowhill in the Sensational Woodlands event, using different senses than they might normally use.

And tomorrow (August 8), Love Science experts stage a practical science workshop for children.

To book, call 01750 22204.