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Poppies planted around the borough

Published 27th June 2014

 

Poppies are now flowering across Bedford Borough as part of the borough’s efforts to remember those who lost their lives in the First World War, as well as other conflicts since.

 

2014 marks 100 years since the start of the First World War and Bedford Borough Council, along with various other public and community bodies, are marking the Centenary in a number of ways.

 

Poppies have been sown at various locations throughout the borough and are now blooming in the sunnier, warmer weather. These locations include Goldington Green, Hillgrounds Road (funded by Members Ward Fund), A428 at Turvey, A603 at Willington, A6 near Rushden and A422 at Astwood.

 

The poppies are the traditional ‘Flanders Poppy’ seeds and are expected to stay in bloom for 2-3 weeks.

 

Mayor of Bedford Borough, Dave Hodgson, said: “Poppies are a poignant reminder of all those who have lost their lives, not just in World War One, but in all conflicts at home and abroad and it is fitting that we remember them throughout the borough.

 

“We have many beautiful wild flowerbeds and green areas throughout the borough and I am sure these traditional Flanders Poppies will ensure our flowerbeds remain beautiful as well as remembering those who have lost their lives in conflicts.”

 

The full list of locations where Flanders Poppy seeds have been sown is as follows:

 

- Goldington Green, along Goldington Road
- Hillgrounds Road, Walkway from Hillgrounds Road to Addison Howard Park
- A6, Rushden
- B660, Pertenhall
- A603, Willington
- A600, Near Haynes
- A6, Houghton Conquest
- B530, Kempston Hardwick
- A422, Astwood
- A428, Turvey

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