Stratford Butterfly Farm unveiled its refurbished look in July at a prestigious ceremony, where the High Commissioner of Belize, Ms Perla Perdomo, cut the ribbon.
The farm’s new improvements, at a cost of £250,000, include a new entrance, refurbished Gift Shop, and large new interpretation and information panels in the Activity Area and Discovery Zone.
Guests on the day were also amongst the first to view ‘Notes and observations from an intrepid explorer’ a beautifully hand illustrated guide, by artist Madeline Smith, and were able to wander around the farm admiring the beautiful replica Maya sculptures, which originally came from the ancient rainforest civilisation in Belize.
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.
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 look forward to welcoming our visitors, who I’m sure will be delighted with all the improvements we have made.”
To see hundreds of spectacular butterflies, insects, reptiles and spiders, visit the Butterfly Farm from 10am to 6pm every day of the week. For more information including admission prices and group rates, please visit the website at www.butterflyfarm.co.uk