THE National Forest Adventure Farm became a world record holder yesterday as the site became home to the world's largest display of scarecrows.
Staff lowered the 3,312th scarecrow into place on a giant frame to a round of applause from those gathered.
'Big Ernie', as the winning creature had been named, is 12ft tall and has been created by staff at the farm.
Director Tom Robinson said: "It's great that we've done this. I've never really thought of it as a world record, but now we have done it I feel like we've really done something good."
The number of scarecrows currently sitting in the field at the farm, near Tatenhill, will be increased until the deadline of September 7, by which time staff are hoping to be up to 4,000 models.
Standout scarecrows so far include straw versions of the whole X Factor judging panel, Belle from Beauty and the Beast, and two conjoined scarecrows made by a pair of conjoined twins.
"It's not just about the adventure farm, the whole community has got involved and it's been good fun," Mr Robinson said.