On hearing about the 2014 Poppy Initiative I was gripped with curiosity about how this monumental feat might be accomplished and how it would look when finished, because as a theatre ‘prop’ maker creating ‘something’ out of ‘nothing’ was one my passions which later became a hobby creating items from recycled materials to raise funds for animal charities. The Poppy has a great significance in the UK and on a personal basis for me as my heritage lies in Poland. My father fought with the Allies in the Battle for Monte Cassino from which arose in a ballad poignantly describing the poppies that then grew on site being much redder because ‘they were nourished by spilt Polish blood.’ I ordered two; one for my sister who loves poppies and because I wanted us to commemorate our parents in a uniquely personal way. The driver who delivered our precious cargo deferentially handed them over with the simple words ‘Mr and Mrs Ludlow, here are your poppies.’

PLANT YOUR POPPY. SHARE YOUR STORY.