"Ribbon Of Poppies" To Commemorate WWI Centenary


Scouts and guides all over the UK have pledged to form a ‘carpet’ of poppies in time for the end of World War One’s centenary.

The so-called “Ribbon of Poppies” project means that scouts and guides will be planting the red flowers all over the UK.

Iain Henderson, who came up with the idea, said:

"Our idea is to create a carpet of crimson from Land's End to John O'Groats to remember all those killed or wounded in the war."

Mr Henderson is a member of The Memorial Mob, a group dedicated to remember those killed in action.

Henderson added that he hopes the poppy ribbon will act as "a living legacy to those who paid the ultimate sacrifice".

The poppies planted this year should come into bloom in spring next year, just in time for the World War One centenary.

Hundreds of scout, cub and brownie groups have pledged their support.

Harve Symonds, assistant leader of the 2nd Orkney Scouts, is excited about the project; she said:

"Our Scouts learn a lot about World War One and Two as Orkney was so involved, and they were asking if there would be anything they could do next year."

The aim is to grow around 700,000 poppies; the same number as casualties in the UK. However, with so much interest, its looking like numbers might have to increase!