Stunning poppy cascade outside Peak District church to mark First World War centenary

The display of contains around 5,000 poppies made from plastic bottles.
The display of contains around 5,000 poppies made from plastic bottles.

A magnificent display of poppies made from plastic bottles is now on display in Hartington to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of the Great War.

The creation of approximately 5,000 poppies has been underway since March, with the project involving local residents, school children, scouts and elderly members of the community.

The project involved local residents, school children, scouts and elderly members of the community.

The project involved local residents, school children, scouts and elderly members of the community.

The unique spectacle is on display until Friday November 30 outside Saint Giles’ Church, leading down towards the village’s war memorial.

Lesley Birch is the initiator of the commemorative spectacle. She said: “We wanted to do something truly special to mark the centenary of the end of World War One, and to remember the many millions of brave soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice.

"We hope both residents and visitors will come to enjoy the display, and take some time to think about those involved in the Great War."

The special project is raising funds for the same soldier’s charities that benefited from the Tower of London poppy display in 2014, including the Royal British Legion; Help for Heroes; Combat Stress; the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association; Cobseo, and Coming Home.

The poppies will be on display until Friday November 30.

The poppies will be on display until Friday November 30.

Donation tins are available in the village including in Peach Newsagents.

If you cannot visit the village but would like to donate, contact Lesley on 01298 84532.

The special project is raising funds for a number of charities.

The special project is raising funds for a number of charities.

Volunteers create the poppies from plastic bottles.

Volunteers create the poppies from plastic bottles.

Work to meticulously create the poppies out of old plastic bottles has been underway since spring.

Work to meticulously create the poppies out of old plastic bottles has been underway since spring.