Scarecrows have taken up residence at the Carome Homestead in a bid to scare off would-be vandals.

Pupils at Mernda Park Primary School recently joined forces with Whittlesea council’s Baseline for Young People, to create the scarecrows and a large mural made from bottle tops to display in the homestead’s community gardens.

The collaboration was part of the council’s graffiti prevention program and was funded as part of the justice department’s graffiti prevention grants.

The grade five and six pupils created five scarecrows which have been dotted around the garden, as well as the mural.

Youth development officer Helen Pollard worked with the pupils over several months to develop concepts and create the works.