Sowing the seeds

Poppies

Around 10 million poppy seeds have been sown across Test Valley in recent weeks to commemorate the centenary of the outbreak of World War I.

Seedlings are starting to sprout and look promising to fill flower beds with a blaze of scarlet at eleven key locations in the borough. Knightwood Road, Templars Way and Crusader Way, Valley Park have all been sown with seed, as has the War Memorial Park in Romsey.

Portfolio holder for Community and Leisure, Councillor Tony Ward, said: “The poppies will be a poignant reminder of the sacrifices made in the fields and trenches of the World War I battle grounds. As the only flower to bloom after the devastation of the war It is a fitting symbol of our remembrance .”

A mixture of other flower seed has been sown along with the poppy seed to provide a succession of colour later in the year.

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