Village hands out free poppy seeds to mark centenary

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poppies SUS-140317-141122001

NORTHIAM Conservation Society has been handing out free packets of poppy seeds to local residents as part of the village’s commemoration of the start of World War I.

Conservation Society chairman Mervyn Hayes said: “We would like people in the village to plant in the garden, window boxes or just in a pot to remember all the men of Northiam who died in WW1.”

He added: “We gave out over 250 bags of Flanders Poppy seeds and have ordered more because of demand. Other villages have contacted me to find out where to get the seeds.

Planting the seeds forms part of a wider project which aims to create a world-wide poppy field in memory of the fallen.

For more information on the project contact Mervyn on 01797 253443.

Is your village or community planning on doing something to mark the centenary this year? If so we would love to hear from you. Drop us a line at and let us know the details or call 01424 854242 and ask for the Rye and Battle Observer desk.