Lichfield District Council thank all the volunteers who rolled up their sleeves on 3rd April to sow a memorial poppy field.

The friends of Lichfield Historic Parks and Neaten and Natter volunteer group joined the council’s parks team to sow the poppy seed into Beacon Park’s poppy field for the final time, to commemorate the end of the First World War. The field is next to where the Peace Woodland will be created from this November, in partnership with Lichfield Cathedral.

The poppy field has been grown since March 2014 to commemorate the First World War, and it has produced fantastic displays each summer.

Timothy Lock, Community Gardener for Lichfield District Council, said: “A big thank you to all our volunteers who dedicated their time to help us sow the poppy field. I would also like to thank Morrison’s Lichfield for supplying the refreshments for our volunteers on the day. We’re all now looking forward to seeing the poppies bloom from June onwards.”

Not only is the area a beautiful, peaceful place for people to visit and admire the poppies and wildflowers, it is also a particular hotspot for pollinators.

During the butterfly and bee walks that took place over the spring and summer of 2017, many species of bees and butterflies, including Small Tortoiseshell, Speckled Wood and Red Admiral, were spotted.

All are welcome to help the parks team survey the butterflies and bees in 2018. The walks take place on the first Thursday of the month (weather permitting) from 10am to 12noon and start from Beacon Park’s Community Garden. For more information, contact Ruth Piddington on 01543 308869.