Poppy meadows to be planted as tribute

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Poppy meadows are going to be planted across East Dunbartonshire as a tribute to the fallen soldiers of the First World War.

A variety of sites, including those already identified as wildflower meadows, will be transformed with beautiful poppies to commemorate the centenary of the Great War.

As well as paying tribute to those who lost their lives in the war they will also enhance biodiversity as the nectar rich meadows will become havens for the honey and bumble bees, which are in severe decline in the UK.

Several areas spread across East Dunbartonshire have been selected for the 2014 poppy planting programme including:

· Hilton Terrace and Balmuildy Road, Bishopbriggs

· Woodhead Park, Kirkintilloch

· Coronation Gardens, Lenzie

· Main Street, Torrance

· Balmore Road, Balmore

· High Park, Lennoxtown

· Redmoss Road/Alder Road bedding area, Milton of Campsie

· Stockiemuir Road/Craigdhu Road roundabout, Bearsden

· Hunter Road roundabout, Milngavie

· Auchenhowie Road/Balmore Road roundabout, Milngavie

· McDonald Crescent, Twechar

The poppy meadows will be maintained for four years until 2018. The sites have been chosen due to their suitable conditions for growth of the poppy, which was one of the few species of plants to thrive in the war-ravaged battlefields of the First World War.

This is just part of a number of activities planned by East Dunbartonshire Council to mark the centenary commemorations of the First World War.

Councillor Ashay Ghai, depute leader of the council and convenor of neighbourhood services, said: “The poppy is an iconic symbol of remembrance which everyone recognises. The last veterans of this tragic conflict have now passed on, but it is fitting that we pay tribute to their huge sacrifice during the 2014-2018 centenary of the First World War.

“The poppy meadow will create areas for quiet reflection and contemplation, but also places where wildlife can flourish and thrive. I hope East Dunbartonshire’s poppy fields will become a peaceful, living memorial to those who lost their lives in war.”