May Day fun at Headless Cross

By Harriet Ernstsons Friday 09 May 2014 Updated: 09/05 11:35

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Buy photos » Artist in residence Steve Pound was judging the scarecrow competition. 1914016ABR

HUNDREDS of people spent their May Day watching maypole dancing, a scarecrow competition and other attractions as part of Headless Cross' annual fayre.

The event attracted more than 500 visitors, with families helping to plant an area of golden pollinator wildflowers as part of the town's Heart of England in Bloom bid.

Beekeeper Chris Stroud and Benny the Bee, Redditch Friends of the Earth's giant mascot, were on hand to answer questions about bees while St Stephen's First School were given a trophy for first prize in the scarecrow competition and 2nd Headless Cross Brownies danced around the maypole accompanied by Arrow Valley Brass Band.

Orchard volunteer Alistair Waugh said: "A lot of people clearly value Headless Cross Green and the orchard there. Huge thanks must go to all our volunteers who make this happen."

He added there was lots of interest in The Bee Cause, which aims to lobby the Government to make a plan to reverse the decline of bees in the UK.

"We've been were swarmed with interest from people keen to learn about the loss of bee habitats, how bees are affected by pesticides or disease. And most importantly, what we can all do about it."

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Buy photos» Ken and Jacki Healy help plant a bee-friendly flower bed with children Cormac, seven, Ciara, four, and Lorcan, ten. 1914016ABR

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Buy photos» 2nd Headless Cross Brownies dance around the Maypole. Pictures by Alex Bradbury 1914016ABR

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Buy photos» Ben Freeman from Friends of the Earth promoting their Bee Cause. 1914016ABR

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Buy photos» Willow O'Flynn, five, has her face painted by Liz Jennings from Headless Cross Community Orchard. 1914016ABR

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