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2nd August 2016

Stratford Butterfly Farm unveiled its new look at prestigious ceremony!

The High Commissioner of Belize, Ms Perla Perdomo, cut the ribbon at a prestigious ceremony to celebrate the newly refurbished Stratford Butterfly Farm on 22 July. Around 85 guests attended the event including the first lady of Belize, Mrs Kim Simplis Barrow, Minister Counsellor for the High Commissioner, Mrs Laura Frampton, Stratford-upon-Avon Mayor Cllr. Juliet Short and renowned Maya Archaeologist, Dr Diane Davies.

The High Commissioner of Belize, Ms Perla Perdomo, cut the ribbon at a prestigious ceremony to celebrate the newly refurbished Stratford Butterfly Farm on 22 July. Around 85 guests attended the event including the first lady of Belize, Mrs Kim Simplis Barrow, Minister Counsellor for the High Commissioner, Mrs Laura Frampton, Stratford-upon-Avon Mayor Cllr. Juliet Short and renowned Maya Archaeologist, Dr Diane Davies.

As well as enjoying blue skies and sunshine, guests were taken on tours to see the Farm’s new improvements at a cost of £250,000 including the new entrance, refurbished Gift Shop and large new interpretation and information panels in the Activity Area and Discovery Zone. Guests were also amongst the first to view ‘Notes and observations from an intrepid explorer’ a beautifully hand illustrated guide, by artist Madeline Smith. Guests were able to wander around the Farm admiring the beautiful replica Maya sculptures which originally came from the ancient rainforest civilisation in Belize.

Speeches were made by Clive Farrell, owner of the Butterfly Farm as well as the High Commissioner, Stratford Mayor and Dr Diane Davies who emphasised the importance of the Maya and the legacy they have left us. It was the Mayans that were the first to discover cocoa in 900 AD so without them there would be no chocolate. The Butterfly Farm has recently planted a Cacao tree in the Flight Area to mark this fact. Its seeds can be used to make cocoa mass, cocoa powder and chocolate.

A finger buffet influenced by the Maya and the crops they grew, were served to guests. This included guacamole, tortilla and sweet potato crisps followed by chocolate brownie temple pyramids with chilli chocolate sauce.

The Stratford Butterfly Farm is one of a few attractions in the UK able to offer schools access to Maya resources in line with the National Curriculum. Special guided tours of the Maya are now incorporated into school visits.

Jane Kendrick, Marketing Manager at the Stratford Butterfly Farm stated “Our opening ceremony was a fantastic celebration to mark the significant changes made to improve the Butterfly Farm. We were honoured that so many diplomats from Belize were able to attend and join us in celebrating the Maya and its ancient civilisation. We now look forward to welcoming our visitors, who I’m sure will be delighted with all the improvements we have made.”