Unique poppy garden to remember First World War fallen opens

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A unique garden of poppies has been opened to commemorate the centenary of the end of the First World War and to honour those who lost their lives defending our freedom.

The garden includes more than 100 varieties of poppies, including those that grew in the battlefields on the Somme, Ypres and Passchendaele, and it is believed to be the first time that so many different kinds have been grown in the same place.

A special ceremony was held to open the garden at Bristol Zoo's Wild Place Project (Barbara Evripidou/PA).
A special ceremony was held to open the garden at Bristol Zoo's Wild Place Project (Barbara Evripidou/PA).

A special ceremony was held to open the garden at Bristol Zoo's Wild Place Project.

The Poppy Sanctuary Garden is a sea of colours and will remain that way as different varieties bloom until mid-October.

The garden at Bristol Zoo's Wild Place Project includes more than 100 varieties of poppies including those that grew in the battlefields on the Somme, Ypres and Passchendaele and it is believed to be the first time that so many different kinds have been grown in the same place (Barbara Evripidou/PA).
The garden at Bristol Zoo's Wild Place Project includes more than 100 varieties of poppies including those that grew in the battlefields on the Somme, Ypres and Passchendaele and it is believed to be the first time that so many different kinds have been grown in the same place (Barbara Evripidou/PA).

Wild Place Project horticulture supervisor Andrew Harrison spent weeks searching websites and contacting specialist growers to find the different kinds of poppies.

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"As far as we are aware this is the only place in the country where people will be able to find 100 different varieties of poppies in one place," he said.

"After months of planning and hard work, I'm thrilled with how well it has turned out. To see them in full bloom over the summer months will be spectacular."

I was honoured to be asked to attend and cut the ribbon at the @wild_place new Poppy Garden 'THANK YOU' @PoppyLegion#BRISTOL@royal_somerset Campaign, to commemorate 100 Years since the end of WWI.

You can see 100 varieties of Poppies.

The garden looks amazing. pic.twitter.com/XwQIDVyHvd

-- Jack Lopresti MP (@JackLopresti) June 24, 2018

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