Schoolchildren with, back, from left, Cllr Phil Warren, Cllr Jill Moore, mayor Cllr Roi Millburn, Brian Harris, Cllr Charles Chapman, Cllr Phil Jordan, Mike Fitt, of the Royal Park Guild, and Bob Douglas. Picture by Robin Crossley.
YOUNGSTERS on the Isle of Wight are taking part in a special flower competition — by planting poppies to remember the dead of the First World War.
On the centenary of the start of the conflict, primary school children from Oakfield, St Mary’s Roman Catholic, Greenmount, Haylands and Dover Park primary schools will grow poppies from seeds gathered in Flanders, in Belgium, scene of some of the bloodiest battles of the war.
The competition, called Ryde Remembers, will run alongside Ryde in Bloom and is supported Ryde Royal British Legion (RBA).
Each school has been allocated a soldier to remember who is named on the town’s war memorials as having given his life.
The children will plant the poppies at Remembrance Gardens at their school.
The gardens will be judged by the Ryde in Bloom and South and South East in Bloom panels.
Ryde RBA members will visit the schools and talk about the First World War and the significance of the poppy to the nation.
Children will also mark the 50th anniversary of Britain in Bloom by taking part in a competition called Growing For Gold.
Participating schools will be supplied with sunflower seeds to grow in any format the children design, including planters and ornamental flower beds.