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Scarecrows resurrected 'by magic'
Site of vandalised scarecrows, Sheppey (picture by Gary Weston)
The touring scarecrow display was vandalised for a second time
A touring art exhibition of scarecrows which had been vandalised in Kent has been rebuilt by mystery helpers.

The 400 figures in the Hei People display were knocked over on Friday night after they had been installed in a field on the Isle of Sheppey.

It was the second time they had been targeted in the county, and some were wearing black armbands as a tribute.

Organisers said they found the figures standing again on Sunday morning "as if by some great stroke of magic".

They had been planning to rebuild the artwork, in a field at Cowstead Farm, near Queenborough, with the help of local volunteers.

We would like to thank those responsible for their good deed
Paivi Seppala, Project manager

Project manager Paivi Seppala said: "They must have been repaired by some unknown community-spirited persons.

"Feedback from the public suggested that the project has a strong community support, but we could not have anticipated such generosity.

"We are truly grateful for the help and would like to thank those responsible for their good deed."

The scarecrows were shown first at Chatham, where several figures were destroyed. They were then moved to Gravesend.

The Hei People is based on the work of Finnish artist Reijo Kela.

Scarecrow figures
The scarecrows are based on the Finnish Silent People

The structures are made from wood, straw and dirt, and are clothed with donations from charity shops.

The current display included several vandalised figures from the first exhibition at Fort Amherst, Chatham.

To celebrate the restoration of the figures, the organisers have invited the residents of Sheppey to a family picnic with the Hei People on Saturday.

Tighter security measures are being put in place at the site, while anyone with any information about the incident on Friday is asked to contact Kent Police.


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