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The seeds were planted to flower on the 4th August, which officially marks the 100th anniversary of the day Britain entered the war. The event is part of the Every Man Remembered campaign organised by the Royal British Legion, who are working with the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, to ensure each and every one of the 1,117,077 Commonwealth service men and women who were killed during the First World War is remembered.
Poppies were first suggested as a symbol of Remembrance in 1918 and were adopted by the American Legion in 1920. In 1921 the British Legion adopted it and the first Poppy Appeal was born.
Chris Ginn, Chairman of Cambridgeshire & Huntingdon Royal British Legion comments: “We are delighted that pupils from Fawcett Primary School have worked with Countryside to help sow poppies at the new country park at Great Kneighton. This poppy memorial area will provide a permanent site of remembrance to the many service men and women from the Cambridge area who were killed during the First World War.”
Following a short presentation from Chris Ginn about the significance of planting poppies, the school children from Year 5 and 6 worked in small groups to scatter the poppy seeds over the 5,0002 metre area of the park carefully selected for the poppy memorial. Designed to create a long corridor of poppies for local people to enjoy, there are two long beds facing each other, including one that borders the railway line.
The children were assisted by Countryside’s Site Manager James Blair, who comments: “It was great to see the pupils from Fawcett Primary School planting the poppy seeds to commemorate the fallen soldiers of the First World War. The poppy memorial area in the new country park is a fitting tribute to the fallen soldiers who fought for our country as well as the armed forces who serve today. We look forward to seeing the poppies bloom later this summer in time for the official centenary events on the 4th August.”
Fawcett Primary’s Julie Hare, said: “The children were delighted to have the opportunity to sow the poppy seeds in the country park. They learnt a great deal about the First World War and the significance of planting poppies from Chris Ginn of the Royal British Legion, and it was an excellent opportunity to be part of the national campaign to remember the fallen soldiers.”
The 120 acre country park at Great Kneighton is being constructed in several phases, with the southern half nearing completion and planned to be open to the public next year. All four ponds have been constructed including the bird reserve which is proving very popular and is now home to a wide range of birds. One and a half miles of footpath has been laid linking the southern half of the country park to the rest of Great Kneighton and the Cambridge Biomedical Campus. Allotments in various sizes are also under construction within the country park and will be available to local residents.
Great Kneighton is an exciting new community which is taking shape on the southern fringe of Cambridge. Here, Countryside is building a contemporary, sustainable development of over 2,000 imaginatively designed new homes, from apartments through to six bedroom family houses.
Everything will be on the doorstep at Great Kneighton with a whole range of new amenities being planned. In addition to the country park there will be a new secondary and primary school, health centre, shops, a library, community square, sports pitches and a public art programme.
Information correct at time of publication