7 April 2014

Sowing a sea of poppies

Visitors to Brighton and Hove will be welcomed with a sea of wild red poppies this summer.

Brighton & Hove City Council parks staff are currently sowing the wildflower seeds across the city. The flowers in the seed mix are all shades of red and are predominantly poppies - a fitting commemoration for the WW1 anniversary.

The poppies will be first to bloom in June and will be followed by other red flowers throughout the season, creating a stunning display and ‘painting the town red!’

The seeds are being sown in all the council’s wildflower sites - Edward Road, Eastern Road, the former bowling greens in Preston Park, outside Rottingdean bowling green, near the War Memorial on the Old Steine, The Level (near the entrance to the Open Market)  and on grass verges in many housing estates in the ‘mowing margins.’

 Councillor Geoffrey Bowden, chair of Brighton & Hove City Council’s Economic Development and Culture Committee, said:

“The sight of thousands of poppies emerging on wildflower sites across the city will be both stunning and poignant - a fitting way to mark the historic anniversary of the start of World War One.

“The displays will also highlight the range of other events and commemorations being planned across the city.”