Scarecrows show the way to a sustainable food future

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From Saturday 19 January, visitors to the inner city suburb of Islington will see a friendly mob of scarecrows on display at the intersection of Beaumont Street and Maitland Road as part of a street exhibition celebrating sustainable food in the area.

The exhibition, which will run for two weeks until 3 February, aims to showcase Islington as a hub for sustainable food production and retail in Newcastle and a thriving suburb with much to offer those who visit.

A website has been created to list details and localities of local foodies in the suburb and surrounding areas.

The project is a joint initiative of the Islington Village Community Group and the Watson Transition Street group, who have a common aim to increase the resilience of the local community by empowering residents and strengthening relationships between people.

The scarecrows were created by students of Islington Public School with the help of local community volunteers. Local business owners will take care of them throughout the exhibition.

The scarecrows have been constructed almost entirely from organic, recycled or reused materials. Many of the clothes were donated by the local Op Shops (Mission on Fern Street and Vinnies on Maitland Road). Filling was sourced from newspaper and plastic bags or from local business Remake, which recycles products for craft projects that would otherwise go to landfill.

When the exhibition ends the scarecrows will be donated or recycled to a new life elsewhere.

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