Glenview welcomes Buttercup

FOLLOWING a successful naming competition that saw almost 100 clever and creative suggestions, the Glenview cow now has a name.

The once nameless spotty guardian of Glenview is now known as “Buttercup.”

It was Riet De Wilt, a friendly face at Glenview’s Bisdee House Day Centre, who penned the perfect name, beating out suggestions from staff, residents, families, friends and clients from across the Glenview community.

Close runners-up were “Tulip”, suggested by Susan Davy, and “Daisy” by Carol Morris, ahead of a number of weird, wild, and wacky suggestions including “Cowy McCowface” and “Bruinhilda.”

What started off as a simple Facebook competition quickly turned into something else, with the level of community engagement exceeding all expectations.

Glenview Community Services chief executive officer Lucy O’Flaherty said she was surprised to learn how much Buttercup really meant to the people of Glenorchy.

“Since we started the competition to name Buttercup, I’ve had a number of people get in touch,” Ms O’Flaherty said.

“We realised a lot of people living in the northern suburbs see Buttercup almost every day and her ever changing decorations seem to be a constant source of amusement.

“This competition gave us a fantastic opportunity to engage with the local community and create a narrative around a treasured fixture on the grounds of Glenview.”

Buttercup will continue her duties on the grounds of Glenview, dressing up in celebration of the year’s festivities and greeting passers-by strolling along Main Road, Glenorchy.

This month, Buttercup has been dressed up in celebration of the annual Glenview Winter Festival, a one-week spectacle of lanterns, concerts and community activities.

Caption: The newly named “Buttercup” with competition winner Riet De Wilt.