Dawley Bank Residents sow poppy seeds

Monday, 9 September, 2013

A Telford community group have been embracing their green fingers this weekend preparing a patch of land ready for veterans to sow poppy seeds.

More than 10 volunteers turned up to clear brambles, trim trees and bushes and prepare the ground for planting poppy seeds on Dawley Bank Day, which is Saturday 14th September, as part of the Royal British Legion's Real Poppy campaign.

The poppies should flower in 2014, ready for the 100th anniversary of the First World War.

The Dawley Bank Residents Association, which formed last year, have cleared the patch of land as part of their Jubilee Wood project. They were given the patch of forest just off Bank Road, Dawley Bank by Telford and Wrekin Council last year.

Telford Prospective MP Lucy Allan turned up to help prepare the ground on Saturday. She said: " This is a brilliant example of residents owning their community and making things happen.  There was a real sense of achievement. It was great fun."

Jillian Harber, the Secretary of the Association, first came up with the idea after seeing a post on Facebook. She said: “I first saw the idea of planting red poppies in a post on Facebook and thought that it was an amazing idea, we should be doing this.

“What better way to commemorate the sacrifice of those who fought to keep us free?”