Plant the town red for WWI anniversary

Sowing the seed: Stapleford Community group member John Longdon and Chairman Richard MacRae with some of the poppy seeds available to local residents.
Sowing the seed: Stapleford Community group member John Longdon and Chairman Richard MacRae with some of the poppy seeds available to local residents.

A campaign to ‘plant a town red’ to mark 100 years since WWI has seen more than 150,000 poppy seeds handed to residents in Stapleford.

The seeds have been handed out as part of a national scheme to see poppies in flower for commemorative events taking place next year.

Richard MacRae, chairman of Stapleford Community Group, got involved with the scheme after it was suggested to him by a friend.

He said: “It’s already been a massive success.

“I started off with 140,000 seeds and they were gone on the first day.

“We had a donation so that we could buy more and we’ve handed out hundreds of packs of them too.”

The group started off handing out the packets of seeds to residents but are now in talks with Broxtowe Borough Council and Stapleford Town Council about them planting seeds in their flower beds.

Richard added: “It’s not just a Stapleford thing, I’ve had calls and emails from people in Ilkeston, Long Eaton and all over the area.

“People are really keen to get involved, it’s an easy way to show our support for thew troops then and now.

“If anyone is interested in setting up to distribute seeds where they live I’d be happy to help.”

For your free seeds or to contact Richard, email staplefordcommunitygroup@gmail.com.

For more information visit www.staplefordcommunitygroup.org.uk.