Burnley poppy field to commemorate First World War
A POPPY garden to honour the 100th anniversary of the First World War is set to be created in Burnley.
Burnley Civic Trust and Habergham Eaves Parish Council are behind the scheme for a patch of land opposite the former Bull and Butcher pub, in Manchester Road.
Funding of £600 has been secured from Burnley County Councillor Marcus Johnstone’s local member fund.
A spokesman for the joint project said: “We intend to create a wildlife area featuring a covering of poppies to celebrate the centenary of the First World War.
“The area of land is used as public space and it is at the gateway to the parish of Habergham Eaves.
“The area will have to be cleared and the weeds killed. The land will have to be turned before the seeds are planted.
“Because of the dimensions of the site machinery will not be able to be used.
“The money will benefit people in the area because the work will see a previously bare piece of land transformed into a wildlife garden for people to use and enjoy.”
Burnley Civic Trust chairman Roger Frost said it was ‘great news’ that funding had now been secured.
The triangle of land outside the pub is used by the parish council for its Christmas tree, and there is also a jubilee bench and planter on the site.
It is hoped that work on constructing the poppy garden could start early next year.
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