School Pupils Help Sow Seeds of Remembrance

PRIMARY school pupils helped to sow the seeds of Remembrance in Weston-super-Mare as part of a project to commemorate the fallen of the First World War.

The youngsters at Castle Batch Primary school joined Royal British Legion members at Puxton Park, in Hewish, as part of an ambitious scheme to plant hundreds of poppy seeds.

 Castle Batch pupils with David Barry of Bristol Blue Glass and Royal British Legion Members

Castle Batch pupils with David Barry of Bristol Blue Glass and Royal British Legion Members

It is hoped the seeds will flower and Puxton will be bathed in a sea of red poppies in time for Remembrance Sunday, in memory of those who fought and died during the conflict.

Poppies became synonymous with great loss of life in war after flowering in the war-torn battlefields of Europe at the end of the hostilities in the spring of 1915.

Puxton Park hopes the event brought education to life for pupils and the living memorial poppy garden will now leave a lasting reminder of all those who lost their lives in conflict.

Sarah Warren, Head of Park, said: “Inspired by the Tower of London’s centenary poppy tribute to fallen First World War soldiers, we wanted to create our own living memorial here at Puxton Park.

“The poppy is a very visual symbol of World War One and later conflicts and we hope that by planting the poppies, the children will begin to understand the horrors and the sacrifices made by the soldiers and their families.”

The pupils and Legion members will return to the park on Armistice Day on November 11, to see the flowered garden at a commemorative ceremony to remember the fallen.

Bristol Blue Glass have also got on board Puxton’s project and created a giant red glass poppy worth £500 to be auctioned off in November to raise money for The British Legion.

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