09 Nov Commemorative Community Poppy Garden opens at London Southend Airport
A Community Garden featuring 2000 red ceramic poppies made by hundreds of children from 25 schools across Southend has been unveiled at London Southend Airport this week (Thursday 8 November 2018).
The dramatic installation on the lawn in front of the terminal building is in the shape of the Common Poppy (Papaver Rhoeas) with its four large petals, each consisting of 500 hand-crafted poppies mounted on green bamboo sticks.
It is the same flower as the Royal British Legion Poppy, sold annually to raise money to help service men and women from the conflicts of the past 100 years
Unveiled just ahead of Remembrance Sunday (11 November), The Commemorative Community Poppy Garden is a special dedication to remember the fallen of Southend and Rochford, who lived and served their country in its time of need a century ago. It is particularly poignant the garden is located here, as it was actually the First World War which saw the creation of the site as a base for flying.