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RESIDENTS are being called to help plant a poppy field in memory of those who gave the greatest sacrifice.

Gosport council is asking people to help plant the seeds at a 100m by 100m field in the Alver Valley on Remembrance Day this year.

If all goes to plan, the poppies will bloom on August 4, marking the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War.

Veteran and councillor Derek Kimber is ward member for Lee East at the borough council and is its armed forces champion.

He said people in the area have family members who served in the war.

‘All of those have gone now,’ he said

‘There are none who actually took part in the First World War around but their relations are.

‘We felt it would be nice to include people if they’d like to scatter a few seeds 
in memory of a family 
friend or a member of their family.’

A gardening team will help people planting the seeds.

The authority is also organising for around four-and-a-half kilos of poppy seeds to be planted.

Only papaver rhoeas seeds can be used, which are also known as the Field or Flanders Poppy.

As reported in The News in February, councillors hope to arrange a fly-past of historic aircraft on the day of remembrance, on August 4 2014.

The display would see poppy petals dropped from the sky on to the newly-grown field.

Cllr Kimber added the council will be working hard to ensure the poppies grow ahead of the event next August.

He said: ‘We’re going to plant the seed so we get them to flower next August.

‘We’re opening it up to the public and we want people who pass it say, “that’s the field of remembrance”.

‘We will certainly be putting enough seed in.

‘But poppies are funny old things, sometimes they grow, sometimes they don’t.

‘They don’t flower for very long and one good shower of rain would diminish the poppy.

‘That’s why they’re so symbolic of the people who lost their lives.

‘It was as if they hadn’t been there once the poppy had gone.’

Anyone who wants to take part should meet on Monday, November 11 at 11am, by the roundabout at the junction of Fitzroy Drive and Cherque Way.