Poppies are set to bloom across Daventry District again this summer with the return of an initiative to commemorate the centenary of the First World War.

Daventry District Council’s Big Poppy Plant was first held four years ago as part of a series of activities to remember the outbreak of war in 1914.

People from more than 35 groups across the District got involved, creating beautiful patches of wildflowers in their local areas with free seed supplied by the Council.

The scheme is being held again this year in the lead-up to the 100th anniversary of the historic armistice of 11 November 1918, which ended four years of fighting.

The Council has a limited amount of annual ‘Remembrance’ poppy seed mix available to groups across the District who would like to take part this time.

Communities that would like to take part are asked to apply for the free seed at www.daventrydc.gov.uk/bigpoppyplant by the deadline of 29 March. 

A 100g bag of seed mix will be provided to each successful group in April so they can be planted this spring and will flower during the summer and into the autumn.

Councillor Jo Gilford, Environment Portfolio Holder at Daventry District Council, said: “The aim of the Big Poppy Plant is to commemorate the centenary of this important event in world history while improving the district’s biodiversity through the planting of poppies and other species of native wildflower.

“It proved extremely popular four years ago so we hope to see a similar level of interest this time. It really is something that the whole community can get involved in, so please visit the website and submit your application.”

Visit www.daventrydc.gov.uk/bigpoppyplant for more information. 

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