UK wide poppy planting scheme to go ahead after funding difficulties

Posted on centenarynews.com on 12 September 2013
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The Royal British Legion has announced that the Centenary Poppy Scheme - which recently failed in its application for funding support from Heritage Lottery Fund - will go ahead.

The Royal British Legion's Director of Fundraising, Charles Byrne, said:

"The Royal British Legion is pleased to confirm we are rolling out the Centenary Poppy Campaign, across the UK, and in partnership with national retailer B&Q".

"The idea to distribute poppy seeds to commemorate the centenary of World War One originated in the Legion's Greenhithe and Swanscombe Branch, who are working with us to establish this campaign on a national level".

"We want to see members of the public making this campaign their own in their local communities, working in collaboration with local government, schools and community groups, and we will be taking discussions forward with central Government to engrain this campaign in the centenary commemorations."

Source: Royal British Legion press release

Date of press release: 11/09/2013

Images courtesy of the Royal British Legion website

Posted by: Daniel Barry, Centenary News