POPPIES are to spring up across North Somerset next year to help mark the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War.
North Somerset Council and its contractors Glendale are offering free poppy seeds to town and parish councils as well as community groups to plant in honour of those who lost their lives in the conflict from 1914 to 2018.
As well as the poppies more red summer flowers will also be given to local groups as part of Glendale's annual free seeds scheme.
Inspiration has been taken from the Royal British Legion's national poppy planting scheme.
FREE WHEATGERM WITH EVERY POND HEATER www.blagdon-water-gardens.c...View details
Protect your pond fish this winter. Purchase the resun 100w pond heater £39.99 from www.blagdon-water-gardens.co.uk and we will give you a pot of Tetra wheatgerm 1l winter fishfood worth £4.99 FREE
Contact: 01934 316673
Valid until: Friday, February 28 2014
The council is also planning to carry out poppy seeding on parcels of land across the district, particularly where the ground has been disturbed as a result of development.
Seeds will be planted on the gyratory system around junction 21 following completion of the Weston Package highway improvements.
Planting will also take place on the new roundabout at Marchfields Way/Winterstoke Road in Weston and other sites across the district.
North Somerset Council's executive member for environment, Councillor Peter Bryant, above, said: "This free-seed scheme can help every community mark the event in a simple respectful way.
"The poppy is a powerful symbol of remembrance and seeing thousands of them across the district will be a potent reminder of those who fought in the conflict."
Chris Simpkins, the RBL's director general, said: "The losses of the First World War were felt in every town and village across the UK, as demonstrated by the monuments found in nearly every village green or churchyard," he said. "It is right that the centenary has a strong local flavour."
Anyone who runs a community group and would like to apply for free poppy seeds should contact Kevin Carlton kevin.carlton@ n-somerset.gov.uk.
All parish and town councils and previous annual flower recipients will automatically be sent the details.