Planting poppies to mark war centenary

The Big Poppy Plant
The Big Poppy Plant

GROUPS across Daventry District are invited to attend a meeting on a new project to mark the centenary of World War One and improve biodiversity.

Daventry District Council is encouraging groups to take part in The Big Poppy Plant, an initiative aiming to increase the amount of wildflowers by planting poppies together with other native species.

Community groups are can get involved by planting poppy seeds during March and April.

They can find out more at a meeting in the Abbey Centre, in St John’s Square, Daventry on Wednesday, January 29 from 6.30pm to 7.30pm. It will include a short presentation on how to successfully plant wildflowers followed by a question and answer session.

Anyone wishing to attend is asked to complete the ‘community project information form’ to advise on areas of the district being considered for planting – the form is available online at

Councillor Daniel Cribbin, Environment Portfolio Holder at Daventry District Council, said: “Wildflowers in the district have depleted in recent decades and the Big Poppy Plant aims to boost numbers again whilst honouring this landmark anniversary of the First World War.

“Community groups across Daventry District can play an important role in this project and I would encourage as many of them as possible to register their interest online and then come along on January 29th to see how they can get involved.