Image above: Design for a coat of arms for Strand on the Green by Deborah Brown
A coat of arms for Strand on the Green
For the Platinum Jubilee on Sunday 5 June the Strand on the Green Association organised a party and ran photography, art, poetry and limerick competitions. The winners were announced and their work read out by one of our greatest actors, Dame Eileen Atkins, who happens to live on Strand on the Green.
Art Competition adult winner
Entrants to the art competition were asked to design a coat of arms for Strand on the Green. This was what Deborah Brown came up with and here is what she wrote about it:
‘The neighbourhood has a wealth of memorable features which I have reflected in my design.
‘The central shield is criss-crossed by oars used by rowers from Chiswick school and contains the symbol for Strand on the Green School where our daughter went to primary school. The shield also has the iconic Kew bridge and the recently renovated water fountain as well as a sailboat representing leisure activities on the Thames.
‘One of the representative wildlife features that local runners, walkers and residents will recognise are the blue grey herons, one of many bird species that live along the river. A peacock butterfly serves as the crest. This is one of a few local species that I’ve spotted feeding from the flowers in my front garden.
‘I incorporated wisteria into the design as the mantling which can be seen on many of the houses in the strand area. The bees invoke the abundance of the Thames road allotments and the hard work of our community gardeners.
‘The lamp post, drawn in place of the crown, reflects an everyday neighbourhood sight and the radiance of knowledge and education.
‘I chose to write a motto in English to make it more accessible ‘nature, community, education’ reflecting some of the key attributes of the neighbourhood.
‘The piece is kept unified by adding more wisteria greenery to make the compartment. ‘
What a beautiful and well thought out design to represent Strand on the Green. What would it take, we wonder, so have it adopted?
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