Wheatfields Flag for 800th Anniversary of the seal of Magna Carta

7th September 2015


A flag designed by children from Wheatfields Primary School, St Ives, to represent their local community in Huntingdon, recently flew at Westminster and at also Runnymede. This was part of the celebrations to mark the 800th year of the sealing of Magna Carta and the 750th anniversary of the Simon de Montfort Parliament.

This unique event is the culmination of the 2015 Flag Project, run by the Houses of Parliament, which aims to connect young people with the democratic process and the UK’s parliamentary heritage. Wheatfields Primary School’s flag is one of the 80, made from designs prepared by primary school children from across the UK. 

To mark the Montfort parliament anniversary, where elected representatives of the shires and the boroughs came together for the first time, Parliament asked a primary school in every constituency to create a flag that represents their area or community

Mrs Ann Burnett, Art Coordinator at Wheatfields’ Primary school said, ‘Our flag has been designed by children across both key stages. We pooled our individual designs and chose the most important features of our area to be represented on our flag.

Here is our explanation of the design, from the top of the flag:

  • Light blue – we live on the edge of the Fens, no hills but lots of ‘Big Sky’
  • Black – to represent the rich fen soil, some of the best in the world. The swifts represent the nature reserves that have been developed in the many old gravel pits.
  • Darker blue – The River Great Ouse flows through the constituency.
  • Yellow and green – the fields around our towns and villages grow a variety of crops including wheat, sugar beet and oil seed rape.
  • White – our constituency is linked to our county town, Cambridge, by the Guided Busway which is made from white concrete.

Jonathan Parsons, the renowned flag artist who was the creative lead on the project said: “I am thrilled to have been involved with a project where children from across the country have been able to learn about their democratic heritage through creative work and secure such a prominent platform for their visual achievements here in Parliament Square – a space usually reserved to mark royal occasions, state visits or military events.

As an artist, I know that having your creative work validated is very empowering, so I hope that through this ultimate 'show and tell' every  participant feels this project has given them a degree of influence – something that many children do not possess.”

We are hoping the flag will eventually make its way back to Wheatfields, where it could fly majestically over the school!