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200,000 poppies at Chelsea

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543152_675492112479226_788938198_nThe Garden of March 2016 reports that  a 2,000 square metre installation of 200,000 crocheted and knitted poppies will be displayed at the Royal Horticultural Society’s Chelsea Flower Show, from 24 to 28 May, this year.

The making of these poppies started in 2013 when two women had an ‘ambition’ to make 120 poppies in remembrance of their fathers who fought in World War 2.  Their idea caught on and became known as the 5,000 Poppy Project – https://5000poppies.wordpress.com .  By 2015 30,000 poppies had been made and these were displayed on Anzac Day (25 April) at various places in Australia, New Zealand and Singapore.  It’s reported that some 50,000 people worldwide have contributed flowers.

At Chelsea the poppies will be mounted on 1 x 10m sections of netting.  Visitors will be able to walk through these and ‘the impact of the sea of red poppies they create will be visible from several vantage points’.  People who bring poppies to the Show will be able to have them added to the display.

Comment:  It appears that this idea is catching on, on Thursday 9 June 2016 St Leonard’s (Anglican) church, Streatham, London Borough of Lambeth will hold a Knitting and Craft Day, to which participants are invited to ‘Bring whatever you are working on or join in knitting poppies for the war memorial at St Leonards.’ [RV, 7 June 2016].

Image downloaded from a Country Women’s Association of Australia website.

Updated 7 June 2016.

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