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Poppy Seeds for Schools

The Legion has provided every school in the UK with a pack of free poppy seeds as part of our Centenary Poppy Campaign.

About the initiative

Thanks to a £100,000 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), schools were sent seeds in April 2014, to be planted in their grounds as a gesture of Remembrance and to commemorate the WW1 Centenary and our Centenary Poppy Campaign. To help students learn more, an accompanying booklet entitled Remembrance and the Poppy: Past, Present and Future provided further information on the evocative history of the use of the poppy as a symbol.

The HLF grant has also allowed the Legion to train 550 volunteer 'Remembrance Ambassadors'. They will in turn help young people in schools, community groups, religious groups and home educator forums, to explore and understand stories of the First World War, Remembrance and the significance of the poppy.

Find out how to grow your own Flanders poppies.


"The First World War centenary programme is about recognition and Remembrance, focusing particularly on young people and helping them make a connection with the events that changed the world a century ago. This poppy initiative is a great idea that will help the next generation understand the significance of what happened during the First World War and commemorate the sacrifice of those who died.” Prime Minister David Cameron

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