King’s Lynn pupils plant poppies to commemorate centenary of First World War

Pupils for Howards Infants and Junior School plant poppy seeds at Plantation WWI. Picture: Matthew U

Pupils for Howards Infants and Junior School plant poppy seeds at Plantation WWI. Picture: Matthew Usher. - Credit: Matthew Usher

Children have planted poppy seeds to commemorate the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War.

Pupils for Howards Infants and Junior School plant poppy seeds at Plantation WWI - Malakai Took (7)

Pupils for Howards Infants and Junior School plant poppy seeds at Plantation WWI - Malakai Took (7) and Kacie Butler (6) plant their seeds. Picture: Matthew Usher. - Credit: Matthew Usher

The Woodland Trust and the Howard Infant School, in King's Lynn, were given seeds by Dobbies Garden Centre.

Pupils and teachers from the school's After School Wildlife Club planted them in Platation Wood, near the school's Gaywood site.

Teacher Rosie Dennis said: 'I think it is a good idea for the children to be aware of the First World War. As a school we always celebrate remembrance. We have parents that have come here today to support it too.'

The pupils, have adopted a flower bed as well as Howard Junior School have their own one.


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Children from the Churchill School in the town have also adopted one as well as the 12th King's Lynn Scouts.

All the pupils have agreed to maintain the flowerbeds by watering them regularly.

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Parent Helen Waddison, 24, watched on as her son Zac eagerly planted the seeds.

She said: 'It's a lovely thing for the kids to do. The war was a big thing that happened. If you track down the history, we are all linked to it.

'Plus Zac's uncle was in Afghanistan which I am pleased to say he got back safe.'

Ms Waddison's son Zac, 5, said that he enjoys coming to the Plantation Wood to look at all the bugs.

The pupils were helped by the teachers to knock a signpost in the ground to state that the flowerbed was for WWI which designed by the children themselves.

Woodland Trust community artist Nicola Marray-Woods said: 'The Friends of Plantation Wood have been delighted at the response from local schools and the community.

'Not only has a whole range of individuals and organisations helped to dig the flower beds but we had a wonderful turnout of children and parents to help sow the seeds.

'This project has also been a catalyst for discussion about World War I and the centenary the poppies are marking. The poppies will positively contribute to the biodiversity of the woodland, encouraging bees and butterflies as well as creating welcome splashes of colour.'

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