A-maze-ing Kitchener WW1 poster unveiled in Cambridgeshire field

Roshina Jowaheer
kitchener ww1 poster carved into maze in cambridgeshire
kitchener ww1 poster carved into maze in cambridgeshire


A giant maize maze commemorating the WW1 centenary has been unveiled, featuring the world's biggest poppy made out of poppies, which is the size of an Olympic swimming pool.

The iconic Lord Kitchener 'Your Country Needs You' war poster has been carved into a 12-acre field in Cambridgeshire, which has one million maize plants and 3km of pathways.

The maze features a giant 40-metre wide poppy made from more than 60,000 Flanders poppies, planted across an area of 1300 square metres.

Lady Emma Kitchener, the great-great niece of Lord Kitchener, officially opened the maze at Skylark Garden Centre in Wimblington.

She said: "My Great Great Uncle's image has been used many times to commemorate the First World War, but seldom, if ever, in such an imaginative and all-encompassing way. I could not be more delighted."

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Edward Gowler from Skylark Garden Centre who created the maize maze said: "We create a maize maze each year with a different design and this year wanted to play our part in commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Great War.

"Alfred Leete's stylised depiction of Lord Kitchener lends itself perfectly to being cut out in a field of maize."

The iconic recruitment poster 'Your Country Needs You' was drawn by Alfred Leete and first appeared in the London Opinion magazine in 1914.

The maize was planted in April and the pathways were cut in May. The plants will be harvested in October after the maze closes.

Visitors to the maize maze can navigate the pathways and find the ration stamps to put in their mess tins.



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