Tuesday, 15 June 2021

Residents plant poppy seeds as mark of respect for the fallen

HUNDREDS of poppies have been planted in Henley as a mark of respect for servicemen who died in the First World War.

The Gainsborough Residents’ Association came up with the idea as a way to mark the centenary of the start of the war in August.

Residents planted the poppy seeds in a flower bed at Makins Recreation Ground, off Greys Road. Another bed was planted with wildflower seeds. Henley Town Council parks staff dug the beds and supplied the wildflower seeds and the poppy seeds were donated by Toad Hall Garden Centre.

Dave Eggleton, 56, who lives in Gainsborough Road and is vice-chairman of the association, said: “This is a good community project and it’s very important to remember the fallen.

“A lot of people came up and asked what we were doing, so I think it has created a lot of respect.”

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