Sowing the seeds to help young people understand World War I

Press Release: 24/03/2014

Cllr Jan Warwick with packets of poppy seeds for schools to mark 1914 anniversary

A novel idea from Winchester City Council aims to sow the seeds in helping young people understand World War I.

As part of activities this year to mark the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the 1914-18 War, the Council is posting packets of Flanders poppy seeds to schools across the district for children and students to plant.

The idea came from the Council’s Landscape and Open Spaces Team, which will also be featuring poppies in its own planting schemes during 2014 to mark the Great War anniversary.

Cllr Jan Warwick, Portfolio Holder for Environment & Neighbourhoods, said:

This is a simple but clever idea to encourage young people in Winchester schools to recognise the importance of the First World War in our country’s and district’s history.

Many activities will take place this year to commemorate the anniversary but few will be as colourful as this.

The Council is sending out a packet of seeds to each of 60 schools and colleges across the Winchester district in mid April together with copies of a leaflet called Winchester’s Story which lists 1914 commemorative events which will be staged this year. Parish Councils are also being included in the scheme.

The leaflet will be available from the Winchester Tourist Information Centre from mid April. More information about events in the Winchester district to mark the centenary of 1914 and the chance to share family stories is available at Hampshire’s 1914 ‘big theme’ website: