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King’s Lynn children sow the seeds of remembrance

Poppy Seed planting at Plantation Wood in Gaywood.

Pupils from from Howard Infant and Nursery School getting the planting underway, with LtoR Back, Helen Maguire (teacher), Angela Reeve (volounteer), Nicola Marray-Woods (organiser). ANL-140204-114918001

Poppy Seed planting at Plantation Wood in Gaywood. Pupils from from Howard Infant and Nursery School getting the planting underway, with LtoR Back, Helen Maguire (teacher), Angela Reeve (volounteer), Nicola Marray-Woods (organiser). ANL-140204-114918001

Dozens of school children have paid homage to the fallen by planting thousands of poppy seeds to mark the centenary of the start of the First World War.

Four flower beds, which have been adopted by local schools and community groups, were dug in the Plantation Wood in Gaywood last month.

And pupils from the Howard Infant School and the Churchill Park School went back to the site on Tuesday to weed the beds they have adopted and sow the seeds.

Nicola Marray-Woods, community contractor for the Woodland Trust, who maintain the site, described the afternoon as “brilliant” and said the children were well aware of the significance of the planting.

She said: “They have been talking about it in school, so they were all able to say what it was for.”

Youngsters from the Howard Junior School have adopted one of the other two beds, which they plan to sow at a later daye, while the fourth, which was worked on by volunteers, has been adopted by the 12th Lynn Scouts group.

And, as well as commemorating the area’s fallen of a century ago, Mrs Marray-Woods said the beds will also serve an important environmental purpose once they have flowered.

She said: “It increases the biodiversity. It’s great for bees and butterflies and it will be a nice splash of colour.

The wood’s next event is an Easter egg hunt, which will take place on Tuesday, April 15, between 11am and noon. Admission is 50p or one Time Credit for volunteers registered with the West Norfolk Council scheme,

 

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