Pupils plant poppies to mark WWI centenary
16:03 27 March 2014
Barnstaple schools help lay ‘carpet’ of poppies across town.
BARNSTAPLE schoolchildren have been planting thousands of poppy seeds to help the town mark 100 years since the start of World War One.
Last month, the Gazette revealed Barnstaple Town Council’s plans to carpet the town with the iconic red flowers; since then, pupils from eight primary schools have been busy scattering some 50,000 seeds.
Youngsters from Sticklepath; Our Lady’s; Pathfields; Yeo Valley; Newport; Fremington and Orchard Vale have received free packets of seeds from the council.
Barnstaple Town Council has also planted seeds in Rock Park, Mermaid Cross and the Square, while Barnstaple Town Centre Management has scattered seeds on the ‘Barnhenge’ roundabout.
On Friday, the Gazette planted poppy seeds with pupils from Pathfields School, and Barnstaple Town councillor Ian Roome and Lieutenant Al Martin.
Mr Roome said: “It’s wonderful that young people in the town are getting involved with the commemoration.
“It’s important that we continue to re-tell the stories of World War One and the planting of thousands of poppy seeds should serve as a fantastic visual reminder of the sacrifices made 100 years ago.”
Head teacher Claire May said the school had been busy helping pupils to commemorate the centenary of the outbreak of war.
“We have started a display of family members who fought in the world wars and pupils have been making their own poppy pictures,” she said.
“We spent a week remembering the sacrifices of all the different services and pupils made their own ration books and took part in related art and craft and drama.”
“It’s been a lovely topic in terms of the total engagement of all our children.”
Mrs May said the school was planning a parade along Abbey Road with the infants and junior schools in July.
“We hope to be able to raise enough money to buy a memorial bench to put in a popular place for people of Pilton to use.”