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Hundreds of poppies will be planted at a Sleaford nature reserve to mark the 100th anniversary since the start of the First World War.

Mareham Pastures Nature Reserve is inviting the public to attend the event, which will take place on Saturday.

The ceremony will open with a welcome from the Royal British Legion and a short reading. Then, volunteers will sow red poppy seeds in the grassland. Once these bloom next summer, they will form the shape of a giant poppy measuring 10 metres square. Volunteers are then invited to site bird boxes, plant bluebells and generally help tidy the site. The event is being organised by the Friends of Mareham Pastures and the county council, which manages the reserve.

Coun Colin Davie, executive member for the environment, said: “This is a wonderful opportunity to reflect on the sacrifices of those who fought in the first Great War, lost loved ones, and whose lives were forever changed. My grandfather fought in the Battle of the Somme so Remembrance Day is an occasion that is close to my heart.”

County Councillor for Sleaford Mark Allan said: “Next year when these poppies bloom, there will be one more reason to visit the site.

“This poppy-planting will bring together local residents, emphasising the spirit of community while we remember the events that took place 100 years ago.”