Poppies to be planted to mark WWI anniversary

Ladybird poppies
Ladybird poppies

Poppy seeds will be planted across Broxtowe borough to commemorate the 100th anniversary since the start of the First World War.

On Monday March 31, the borough’s mayor will join members of the Royal British Legion to sow seeds of the wild corn poppy Papaver rhoeas at the following locations:

Mansfield Road Memorial Garden, Mansfield Road, Eastwood (11.00am)

Cookies Pond, Ilkeston Road, Stapleford (12 noon)

Hetley Pearson Recreation Ground, Cartwright Way, Beeston (12.45pm)

Broxtowe Borough Council will also plant the dwarf poppy cultivar “Ladybird” in the seasonal bedding areas around Edward Road and Mansfield Road War Memorials in Eastwood.

A total area of 290 square metres will be cultivated and planted with wild poppy across the borough.

One hundred years on and we are all connected to the First World War, either through our own family history, the heritage of our local communities or because of its long-term impact on society and the world we live in today.

The Council has already started planning for this important year and details of planned events and activities can be found at www.broxtowe.gov.uk/worldwarone

A special section has been added to the Council’s What’s On Where pages for communities, individuals and organisations to submit their own commemorative events at www.broxtowe.gov.uk/wow

A major programme of events and activities will also be taking place across Nottinghamshire in 2014 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War in 1914 called Trent to Trenches. Over 60 events and activities are already being planned, including talks, tours and exhibitions, film screenings, theatre and live music. Visit the website for more information at http://www.experiencenottinghamshire.com/trent-to-trenches