Great War project gets underway

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A project to spell out WW1 in giant letters in poppies across The Chevin is under way.

Around 45 million poppy seeds - one for every person and horse that died during the World War One - are to be planted as part the town’s centenary commemorations.

Fourteen members of Belper’s Army Cadets, Nigel Winn, of the Royal British Legion, Belper Mayor Deborah Biss, her consort Mick Biss and councillor Dave Fisher (pictured) kicked-off the project by digging a trench to mark the outline of the letters. The next phase will be for the farmer who owns the field to spray the vegetation. A second work party of volunteers will then sow wild poppy seed which will hopefully germinate in the spring and flower somewhere between June and August next year depending on the weather.