ASTRONAUTS touched down on Over Allotments in Winsford for the annual children’s open day.

Pupils were challenged to create a scarecrow to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first landing of men on the moon.

“This is the eleventh year children from Winsford primary schools have visited the town’s secret garden,” said John Malam, vice chairman of Over Allotments Association.

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Pupils from Willow Wood Primary School show their astronaut scarecrow to Winsford mayor Cllr Ailsa Gaskill-Jones

“Every year they bring us scarecrows which are always based on a topical theme. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing so we set them the task of creating scarecrows based on that, with excellent results!”

Seven schools brought children to the Moss Bank allotments and plot-holders gave them guided tours around the site.

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Town mayor Ailsa Gaskill-Jones was very impressed by the greenhouses

“They walked along Apple Alley and Blackberry Way, saw our beehives, went inside polytunnels, learned how our composting toilet works – it’s always a highlight for them! – before finishing with refreshments at the plotters’ rest, which is our community room,” said John.

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Grower Mary Simpson is already harvesting giant leeks on her plot!

“They went back to school with bird boxes and bird feeders, funded by Winsford Education Partnership."

Town mayor Cllr Ailsa Gaskill-Jones had the difficult task of choosing which scarecrow will receive the mayor’s shield for best Scarecrow, which will be awarded on July 13 at the allotments’open day.

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Winsford town mayor Cllr Ailsa Gaskill-Jones had the difficult task of choosing a winning astronaut scarecrow

As well as showing children and teachers around the allotments, a group of Winsford town councillors were also given a guided tour.

“As well as showing children and their teachers the allotments, we also gave a group of Winsford town councillors a guided tour.

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John Malam gave newly elected Winsford town councillors Dorothy Jump, David Ellis and Julie Savage a guided tour 

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"For some, this was their first visit to the site," added John. "They saw for themselves what an amazing place it is with a great sense of community spirit and friendship.”

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Town mayor Cllr Ailsa Gaskill-Jones chats to plot holder Graham Johnson