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The Centenary Poppy Campaign - Help to cover the UK with Flanders Poppies


The Centenary Poppy Campaign originated as an idea in the Greenhithe and Swanscombe Branch of the Royal British Legion. It captured the imagination of the public, including the Prime Minister, and is now being rolled out nationally.

The aim of the campaign is to cover the UK with poppies during the centenary period in commemoration of all those who lost their lives in the First World War.

The national campaign, which is being run in partnership with retailer B&Q, will see the Legion asking the public and local authorities to purchase Flanders poppy seeds to plant on their own land.

The Royal British Legion's Director of Fundraising, Charles Byrne, said:

"The idea to distribute poppy seeds to commemorate the centenary of WW1 originated with Legion members in the Greenhithe and Swanscombe Branch and we are delighted that this campaign has gained nationwide recognition.

"We want to see members of the public making this campaign their own in their local communities, working in collaboration with local government, schools and community groups, and we will be taking discussions forward with central Government to engrain this campaign in the centenary commemorations."

Poppy seeds are available nationwide from outlets of B&Q with a donation of £1 going towards the work of the Legion.

There are several varieties of poppy seeds please ensure that you are buying genuine Flanders Poppies.
Also ensure that your purchase is making a contribution to the Royal British Legion.