Poppies set to bloom for Great War centenary

Poppies. Photo: Mike Walker
Poppies. Photo: Mike Walker

People walking and driving through the centre of Hemel Hempstead will be given the chance to reflect on the sacrifices made during the First World War as a stunning display of poppies are set to bloom.

Dacorum Borough Council has planted thousands of poppy and wildflower seeds on the banks opposite Gadebridge Park, in order to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the start of the Great War.

The wildflowers are near to the Field of Hope daffodil garden which bloomed earlier this year.

The plants will also match the roundabouts on the Link Road which also sprouted wildflowers and poppies after being seeded by the council last year.

The council’s parks and open spaces manager Rob Cassidy said: “The seeds were planted as a symbol of respect and to commemorate the centenary.”

The poppy became synonymous with the First World War as it was one of the only flowers to grow on the destroyed battle fields.