Old Catton Deer Park foal’s new name revealed
7:00 a.m. July 16, 2022
A newborn foal that symbolizes why villagers want a green space protected has been named by evening newspaper readers.
Deer Park in Old Catton is a Grade II* listed park currently shrouded in uncertainty after being purchased by property developer Lee Devlin, of Devlin Developments, in April.
Mr Devlin has been contacted for comment but has previously said he will only be looking to develop a “small part” of the park with sustainable homes.
Home to a variety of wildlife, as well as horses grazing in the fields, the park inspired Anna Sewell to write the 1877 classic Black Beauty.
And the latest from Deer Park is a black colt.
The owner of the Deer Park horses accepted for the evening newspaper hold a contest to name the foal.
After a shortlist of 10 name suggestions was put to a poll, the most popular name for the colt came out as Hope with 26% of the vote.
Other iterations of this name suggestion include Rebellious Hope – inspired by Dame Deborah James’ campaign.
Moonlight was the second most popular name with 19% of votes.
Mike Scott, of the Deer Park Action Group which campaigns to protect the park, said: “The name is appropriate. It’s awesome.
“The biggest theme I hear about why people want the park protected is of dog walkers walking around Catton Park and then stopping to look at the horses in the Deer Park on the the way back.
“Many people will enjoy the view of Deer Park on a daily basis.”
A recent walk-in event took place in the village in which people were encouraged to submit letters to Broadland District Council asking for the Deer Park to be registered as Community Value Property.
Kathy Branson, President of Deer Park Action Group, said: “I am delighted with the choice of the name because this baby horse embodies all our hope for the future of Deer Park.
“People continue to commit to this cause and we had a hugely successful drop-in event on Saturday.”
More than 150 people came out to sign a petition or write letters in support of the community value asset.