Recently, those taking a walk or bike ride around Avenham Park in Preston city centre have been greeted with a cheery sight; gone are the days of scenic sunsets and beautiful landscapes – the carrots are in town.Advertisement
Every couple of days, people exploring the idyllic park have reported on new carrots appearing, each with different faces, hairstyles and even clothing. The vegetable above rocked a cheeky bow-tie and an elegant flower resting on its scruffy hair-line, with the backdrop of Avenham’s old trees and the train bridge.
The latest fun craze comes towards the end of the summer holidays, sparking many theories that it could be school children easing boredom, or maybe even a city centre worker entertaining an otherwise mundane walk. Either way, the odd trend is making people smile and bringing in comments on how it provides a ‘fun and safe’ environment for artistic expression without the fear of vandalism.
Whilst the carrots appear different every time, they all tend to be located in the same place; overlooking the public walkway bridge crossing the river, just to the right of the Japanese Gardens. The first one was sighted in early August this year, with many more seen every few days.
Whilst these modified carrots are becoming increasingly popular by those in Avenham Park, no-one knows who is really putting them there.
Until we can get to the root of it, the carrot craze remains a beloved, healthy and odd mystery.
What do you think about the cheery carrots? Who do you think is putting them there? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.