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Community sows seeds to mark the centenary of the First World War

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Today Milton residents and volunteers gathered at the Milton Creek Country Park to hand seed a recently cultivated area of the park with poppy seeds ahead of the national commemoration of the outbreak of the First World War.

Rev George Rogers, who is the Priest in Charge at the Holy Trinity Church which sits adjacent to one of the entrances to the park, commenced proceedings with a short prayer before inviting those who had gathered to begin the seeding operation.

The ‘Plant a real Poppy Campaign’ is an initiative, with The Royal British Legion and Swale in Bloom, to sow poppy seeds on 100 hundred sites around Swale in time to see the poppies bloom for the start of the First World War commemorations.

Graeme Tuff, Green Spaces Manager at Swale Borough Council said “We are sowing some 720 square metres with around 7.5 Million poppy seeds and hopefully everyone should be able to see the results in about 12 weeks’ time.”

“So far we have done around 36 sites and in the course of the next four years will aim to reach our target of 100 sites.”

If you would like to get involved and start up a poppy seeding project in your local area please contact, Swale in Bloom Co-ordinator at

Andy Hudson


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