A GIANT bluetit for spring and a poppy lady for summer will be among the scarecrows and garden figures made by villagers to be seen at the annual Church Lench Flower Festival.

Visitors can view the scarecrows in gardens and hedgerows as they walk about the lanes and also visit around 20 gardens and two studios which will be open to the public. The theme this year is The Four Seasons.

A highlight of the weekend are the imaginative flower displays in All Saints' Church, Church Lench.

Refreshments will be available at the village hall including ploughman's lunch and home made cakes. There will also be craft and plant stalls.

Lyndall Bagnall, one of the organisers said: “We have had a wonderful response from local people and we are really thrilled at the number who have agreed to open their gardens. They are always a big attraction.

“The church flower displays and the scarecrows are always inventive and people really enter into the spirit of the weekend. We always get amazing and wonderful contributions,” Mrs Bagnall said.

The event takes place on Saturday June 30 and Sunday July 1.

The village hall refreshments are available between noon and 5pm, when the gardens will also be open to visitors. The church is open from 10am on Saturday and fro noon on Sunday, following morning service.

There is a £4 charge for the map and gardens entry in aid of All Saints' Church and its supported charities. There is free parking.

For more information, contact 01386 871925.