A farm near Peterborough has a new mascot, thanks to the creative talents of its young visitors.
Over half-term, children visiting the farm were asked to design a new mascot for the farm which will then be developed to become to farm’s new children’s mascot when it rebrands in the summer.
With more than 100 entries it was difficult decision, but in the end it was a colourful peacock that came out tops.
The mascot was designed by six-year-old Mia Barham from Market Deeping who visits the farm regularly with her family.
Mia said: “I chose to draw a peacock because one let me stroke it once and they are my favourite animals ever.”
Mum, Kate, added: “They are the first thing she looks for when she comes into the farm.
“She has always loved drawing. She drew her first picture before she was two and it was a smiley face with arms and legs. I still have it on the fridge.”
Mia is a pupil at Linchfield Primary School in Deeping St James and was at school when she found out she had won. Her prize was a family annual pass to the farm so that she can see her mascot as it is developed by a professional graphic designer.
She said: “I was very excited. I went and told my teacher straight away. I thought I could come and see a peacocks anytime now.”
When the mascot has been developed, he will appear on all children’s interpretation boards at the farm. The farm is rebranding as part of its Heritage Lottery Funded Watermill Project.
Marketing and communications executive Megan Horner said: “We were delighted with Mia’s entry and can’t wait to see how her peacock is developed.
“We had a lot of votes for peacocks. We have six male birds here at the farm and they are definitely one of our most popular animals. Thank you to everyone who entered.”