Downham Market school children plant poppies to mark First World War anniversary

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Youngsters have helped to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War by planing poppies at a Downham nature reserve.

The entrance to the Willows Nature Reserve will be brightened thanks to the green fingers of pupils from Nelson Academy, in Downham.

Friends of the Willows and Downham in Bloom worked together to organise the planting and it is hoped the poppies will be in flower ready for the anniversary in August.

Children from the academy were joined at the planting by Downham mayor, David Sharman, and the president of the town’s Royal British Legion branch, John Doyle.

Earlier the ground had been dug over by the community payback team, which is run by the county’s Probation service.

Pam Sharp, who is a member of the Friends and in Bloom groups, said the youngsters had been planting flowers in other parts of the town.

She said: “I think it important that the younger generation are aware of the First World War commemorations.

“When the flowers are in bloom, they will be able take pleasure in the fact that they planted the seeds.”

The In Bloom committee is also looking for volunteers to help with the town’s big clean up in July ahead of the judges visit.