Poppies are lasting tribute

Sowing the seeds of remembrance - from left - (back) Kathy Blythe (secretary of the Friends of Mareham Pastures), Zoe Watson (chairman of the Friends), chairman of the Sleaford Royal British Legion branch, Army Cadets Annabel Ford, Nathan Godson, Emily Mae Honey and Sophie Henton, (front) Matthew Davey of Lincolnshire County Council and nature reserve volunteer Charlotte Orris. Photo: AH EMN-141011-190004001
Sowing the seeds of remembrance - from left - (back) Kathy Blythe (secretary of the Friends of Mareham Pastures), Zoe Watson (chairman of the Friends), chairman of the Sleaford Royal British Legion branch, Army Cadets Annabel Ford, Nathan Godson, Emily Mae Honey and Sophie Henton, (front) Matthew Davey of Lincolnshire County Council and nature reserve volunteer Charlotte Orris. Photo: AH EMN-141011-190004001

Hundreds of poppy seeds were sown at a Sleaford nature reserve to mark the 100th anniversary of the First World War’s outbreak.

Mareham Pastures Nature Reserve saw members of the Friends of Mareham Pastures, Sleaford Army Cadets, county, town and district councillors for the area, as well as the chairman of Sleaford’s branch of the Royal British Legion, Maj Clive Candlin, attend the Saturday morning ceremony.

There was a reading by one of the army cadets, while young nature reserve volunteer Charlotte Orris, read the poem, In Flanders Fields.

Maj Candlin recited the Ode of Remembrance to fallen heroes.

He said: “The display at the Tower of London of ceramic poppies to commemorate almost every serviceman to have died in the First World War has been a moving tribute for many who have visited it. As it is dismantled this week, sowing these poppies will act as a permanent memorial and is a tremendous idea.”

Chairman of the Friends of Mareham Pastures Zoe Watson explained how the poppy seeds would be sown on the grassland of the reserve and when they bloom next summer, they will form the shape of a giant poppy measuring 10 metres square.

Volunteers were then invited to site bird boxes, funded by donations, and plant bluebells ahead of next spring and generally help tidy the site.

County councillor for Sleaford Mark Allan, who helped fund the bird boxes, said: “Mareham Pastures is a nice little reserve on the edge of Sleaford and next year when these poppies bloom, there will be one more reason to visit the site.”