The WWI Northlew Poppy – Remembering The Highest Amount Of Soldiers Lost From One Village

With thanks to hobvias sudoneighm for the photo.
With thanks to hobvias sudoneighm for the photo.

The special WWI Northlew Poppy is on sale online from Suttons Seeds, to commemorate the small Devon village of Northlew, which lost proportionally the highest number of enlisted men of any municipality in the United Kingdom. Northlew is also building a Memorial Store with all the profits being ploughed back into the community it serves, and for every packet sold Suttons will donate £1 to the Northlew Memorial Store Fund.

In remembrance of the brave soldiers, the people of Northlew have decided to create a 20 mile long poppy avenue, which will be the longest of its kind in the world. The avenue will be in two sections, the first being the seven-mile road to the nearest town, Okehampton, which is interestingly in a direct line to Flanders. The second section is the three-mile lane from Northlew to Ashby train station which is the route that the men took on their way off to war. This lane passes through a wood where poppies find it too shady and dark to grow, so the local children are painting pictures of poppies which will be posted on boards along the verges.

This will be the longest poppy avenue in the world and the longest war memorial in the northern hemisphere, as Australia already has a road as a memorial. The Guinness Book of Records has been contacted.

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