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Rewilding Poppy series

This series considers the current trend to rewild our gardens and how it benefits the environment and the pollinators, poppies are regularly being sown and allowed to grow freely. It also considers how poppies are used symbolically. The Red poppy is used to commemorate those who lost their lives in active service in all conflicts; from the beginning of the First World War right up to the present day. It was common and grew wild on the scorched earth battlefields. The Purple poppy is often worn to remember animals that have been victims of war. Animals like horses, dogs, and pigeons were often drafted into the war effort, and those that wear the purple poppy feel their service should be seen as equal to that of human service. The Black Poppy Rose commemorates the contributions of black, African, and Caribbean communities to the war effort - as servicemen and servicewomen, and as civilians. The White Poppy commemorates people who died in conflict but focuses on achieving peace and challenging the way we look at war. White poppies, for example, symbolises peace without violencechallenging the way we look at war. The blue poppy is considered a symbol of rehabilitation and hope, also the belief in a higher being.

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