2013 Discovery of Death Watch Beetle and Subsequent Campaign
In 2013, the roof of St. Andrew's Church in Burton Overy was discovered to have been severely damaged by Death Watch Beetle, which seriously threatened the structure.
The damage from Death Watch Beetle is simliar to that caused by woodworm. Unlike woodworm, however, Death Watch Beetle damage penetrates deep into hard woods.
The funds required to repair and eradicate the infestation were estimated to over £100,000 worth of repairs, of which half was required to be raised by the Villagers.
Several events were organised to take place during 2013 to raise these fund, including a Childrens' Variety Show, a Leicestershire Round Walk and The Scarecrow Festival.
The Scarecrow Festival took place over a beautiful weekend at the end of June. There were over 70 Scarecrows to look at. The village hall was open for refreshments and stalls.
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