The Polegate Scarecrows Community Fund which was founded in 2019 after the running of successful Scarecrow Festivals in Polegate is very proud to be able to launch a brand-new event in neighbouring village, Willingdon.

The Willingdon Scarecrow Festival 2021 is the first of its type in Willingdon and is running from 3rd – 17th July 2021 supporting SERV Sussex and St Wilfrid’s Hospice. The event will run alongside Polegate’s annual event which is celebrating its 4th consecutive Polegate Scarecrow Festival supporting local good causes, which begins this Saturday (10th July).

Andy from SERV SUSSEX said “Thank you so much for selecting SERV Sussex as one of your nominated charities again for the 2021 Polegate and Willingdon Scarecrow Festivals. We are incredibly grateful for the ongoing support you continue to show us, especially in such difficult times for fundraising.”

The Polegate Scarecrows Community Fund was founded in November 2019 by Nathan Dunbar and was set up to empower community efforts to support those who need it.

Nathan who, in recent years, has generated over £10,000 for good causes nationwide said “We support local community groups, charities and projects whilst organising events for everyone! We are proud to support St Wilfrid’s Hospice as we have been from the beginning, Polegate Scarecrows have raised over £1,500 for their amazing end of life care and support.”

A scarecrow festival is a popular village tradition dating back to the 1800s. Rural traditions like these help to bring young people and their communities together! Many scarecrow festivals take place nationwide and are often used to support local causes whilst bringing different communities together.

It is great to see so many amazing handmade creations pop up all over the village, espically for the first ever Willingdon Scarecrow Festival! These Scarecrows can be found all over Willingdon including Coopers Hill and Butts Lane, Wannock Lane and Southdown Avenue to Broad Road and many more local roads where you can find a Scarecrow! To find out more or to donate to our chosen charities please visit