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Council’s new poppy beds are blooming

Poppies growing in Adur Recreation Ground in seven, irregular-shaped patches, near the A259 Brighton Road

Poppies growing in Adur Recreation Ground in seven, irregular-shaped patches, near the A259 Brighton Road

POPPY beds which were sewn to commemorate the centenary of the First World War are blooming across Adur and Worthing.

Thirty-two poppy beds across 11 sites have been created by Adur and Worthing councils, three of them in Shoreham and one in Southwick.

On Adur Recreation Ground, there are seven, irregular-shaped patches along Brighton Road, west of the Norfolk Bridge.

In Buckingham Park, two small intense circles have been designed to represent the flower shape of the poppy. These are situated to the north west of the bowling greens, on either side of the path.

Mill Lane Cemetery has an elongated oval shape bed, on the left hand side inside the entrance, while Southwick Cemetery has an area of poppies on the far side of the second mini roundabout within the cemetery.

Since the famous poem In Flanders Field was written in 1915 by a Canadian doctor who lost a friend serving in Ypres, France, the red poppy has been adopted as a universal symbol of remembrance and is worn by millions of people for the Poppy Appeal every year.

Janet Goldsbrough-Jones, from the Royal British Legion, said: “It is wonderful to see so many poppies in beds all around Worthing and Adur, remembering the First World War.

“The poppy is a symbol of remembrance and hope, worn by millions of people, and red because of the natural colour of field poppies.

“It is often mistook as a symbol of death, a sign of support for war or a reflection of politics or religion, or indeed red to reflect the colour of blood.”

Two seed mixes, a pure poppy seed called Flanders Field and a mixed seed affectionately called Old Comrades, were combined and sown earlier in the year, at a cost of around £1,600.

The wild poppy is usually limited to a two to three-week blaze, but by using the special mix, the council hopes to prolong the flowering time.

Other poppy beds sewn in Adur were sewn at Lancing Manor Park Lancing and Sompting Cemetery.

During the First World War, much of the fighting took place in western Europe. The landscape turned to fields of mud but the bright red Flanders poppies were resilient and grew in their thousands, flourishing even in the middle of battle.

 

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