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Poignant poppies in full bloom now

Poignant poppies and Ashay Ghai.

Poignant poppies and Ashay Ghai.

Poppy meadows which were planted across East Dunbartonshire as a poignant tribute to the fallen soldiers of the First World War are now in full bloom.

The poppies, in various places across Bishopbriggs, Kirkintilloch, Lenzie, Torrance, Balmore, Lennoxtown, Milton of Campsie, Bearsden, Milngavie and Twechar, mark 100 years since the beginning of the First World War.

Many of the meadows, now in full bloom, are now providing a vibrant and beautiful tribute to those who lost their lives during the bloody conflict, which began in August 1914.

The poppies, an iconic symbol of remembrance, are also enhancing biodiversity as the nectar rich meadows they produce are havens for the honey and bumble bees, which are in severe decline in the UK.

The sites were 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 was the first of a three year planting plan and the meadows will be cleared each autumn and re-sown for the following year.

Councillor Ashay Ghai, depute leader of the council and convenor of neighbourhood services, said: “It is wonderful to see the poppy meadows thriving across East Dunbartonshire.

“It is especially poignant they are in bloom now, as we mark 100 years since the beginning of the First World War.

“They provide a fitting tribute to the sacrifice made by those who served during this tragic conflict and a memorial to all those who lost their lives in war.”

 

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