Poppy Planting Brownies at the Shuttleworth Collection

Shuttleworth welcomed an enthusiastic group from 3rd Biggleswade (Methodist) Brownies on Saturday 25 October 2014 to plant poppy seeds as part of ongoing WWI commemoration activities at the Collection. The Collection is home to unique WWI aircraft and the addition of remembrance poppies will remind visitors of the sacrifice of those who were involved the Great War through to the present day.

The Brownie Pack are working on the Poppy Challenge badge to help raise money for this year’s Royal British Legion Centenary Poppy Appeal. Brown Owl Amanda Barker said “The aim of the campaign is to cover the UK with poppies during the centenary period in commemoration of all those who lost their lives in the First World War. Our Unit wanted to be part of that and say thanks in a small way that will be visible for many years to come.”

Team members from the Swiss Garden and members of the Shuttleworth Veteran Aircraft Society (SVAS) helped the Brownies mix the seeds with sand to prevent them blowing away, before sprinkling them along the edge of the airfield in pre-prepared ground. The seeds were raked in and markers will prevent the growing plants from being damaged by airfield maintenance over the winter. The poppies will bloom in time for the 2015 airshow season.