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15 / 05 / 2018
Poppy Garden marking the centenary of the WWI

A special poppy garden at Wild Place Project to commemorate the centenary of the end of the First World War is beginning to flourish.
 
More than 100 varieties of poppies, including the field poppies that grew in the battlefields on the Somme, Ypres and Passchendaele, have been sown.
 
Gardeners at Wild Place Project, which is just off junction 17 of the M5, have also added a range of poppy plants grown in their nursery.
 
It is hoped that the poppies in the extensive semi-circular beds in its Sanctuary Garden will be in full flower by midsummer’s day in June (24th).
 
As well as the instantly recognisable field poppies, which are the Royal British Legion’s symbol of remembrance, there are a host of exotic varieties including oriental poppies.
 
Wild Place Project gardens’ supervisor Andrew Harrison said: “We currently have got a sea of green which is great news and things are looking really encouraging.”
 
He said the poppies will flower at different times over the summer creating a variety of styles and colours.
 
Andrew said: “We have added some plants that we have raised over at the nursery so hopefully that will give a staggered flowering time.”
 
He believes Wild Place Project’s poppy garden will be the only place in Britain where people can see 100 different varieties of poppies growing together.