The Mayor of Rugby has launched the borough’s World War One centenary commemorations with the help of two youngsters from Brownsover Community School.
Cllr Tony Gilliar handed over free packets of poppy seeds for the children to sow over the next few weeks, ready to flower this summer in time for the hundredth anniversary of the start of WW1.
And more free seeds are available for schools, community groups and parish councils to sow in planting beds, gardens or waste ground, wherever they wish, meaning that the borough will be full of poppies in a poignant display marking the centenary.
Cllr Dr Mark Williams, Rugby Borough Council portfolio holder for sustainable environment, said: “We have a long tradition of involving our communities in planting through the Rugby In Bloom competition, and this year promises to see more groups and individuals involved than ever before.
“Thanks to our partners at Blooms, and the generosity of Sutton’s Seeds who have given us the poppy seeds free of charge, everyone will have the opportunity to commemorate the centenary of the outbreak of World War 1 in their own corner of the borough.”
Schools, community groups and parish councils can request their free packets of seeds by visiting www.rugby.gov.uk/rugbyinbloom, or by calling (01788) 533706.