As part of our work with the UK Parliament to create the fantastic Parliament Square display for the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta, we are showcasing each of the flags created by school children from throughout the country. This flag design comes from Totternhoe Lower School, Bedfordshire.
Position: 18 (See Parliament Square map)
Photo of flag flying © Flagmakers.
“The Year 4 pupils designed a flag to represent the South-West Bedfordshire constituency. They considered important features of our area and how they could be used on a flag.
There are two main towns in the constituency. Leighton Buzzard has a canal running through it so dark blue has been used as the background on two sections to represent water. You can often see gliders in the Dunstable Downs area so we have included a glider.
Whipsnade Zoo is an important attraction near to Dunstable. There is an enormous lion shape that has been cut into the side of one of the hills. This can be seen from the Aylesbury to Dunstable road.
In the war it had to be covered up as it was an important landmark from the air. Our school is in the village of Totternhoe. Totternhoe Knolls is a chalk hill with the remains of a medieval Motte and Bailey castle. We have included a hill to represent the Knolls and Dunstable Downs.
We have included a butterfly because Totternhoe Knolls is a conservation area where you can see the rare Duke of Burgundy butterfly. The caterpillar feeds on the cowslips that grow on the Knolls.”