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Retired servicemen sow poppies in memory of WW1

PUBLISHED: 09:18 22 May 2014 | UPDATED: 09:18 22 May 2014

(From left to right) Ian Cole from Bideford, Former RN Serviceman, Roy Lucas from Braunton, RAF Association Chairman and Caroline Howell-Williams, General Manager at Trelawney@Ashford, at the garden centre’s poppy planting event.

(From left to right) Ian Cole from Bideford, Former RN Serviceman, Roy Lucas from Braunton, RAF Association Chairman and Caroline Howell-Williams, General Manager at Trelawney@Ashford, at the garden centre’s poppy planting event.

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Retired servicemen and representatives from The Royal British Legion planted poppy seeds at a garden centre in Devon yesterday (May 20, 2014) to commemorate the First World War.

(Third from right) Matt Cooper, Department Representative at Trelawney@Ashford, gets ready to plant the poppy seeds at the garden centre with retired  servicemen, Royal Marines, representatives from The Royal British Legion and the Royal Airforce Association and (first on the right) Stuart Rason, Padre at RMB Chivenor.(Third from right) Matt Cooper, Department Representative at Trelawney@Ashford, gets ready to plant the poppy seeds at the garden centre with retired servicemen, Royal Marines, representatives from The Royal British Legion and the Royal Airforce Association and (first on the right) Stuart Rason, Padre at RMB Chivenor.

The Flanders poppies were sown at Trelawney@Ashford on Tuesday, May 20 to mark the 100th anniversary of the start of WW1.

Caroline Howell-Williams, General Manager at Trelawney@Ashford on Strand Lane in Ashford, Barnstaple, said: “We are delighted retired servicemen, Royal Marines, representatives from The Royal British Legion and the Royal Airforce Association and Stuart Rason, Padre at RMB Chivenor, came along to the garden centre to help us sow our Flanders poppies as part of the Royal British Legion’s Centenary Campaign.

“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.

“The national campaign will see the Legion asking the public and local authorities to purchase Flanders poppy seeds to plant on their own land.”

The Royal British Legion is the UK’s leading service charity providing care and support to serving members of the Armed Forces, veterans of all ages and their families.

Trelawney@Ashford is an award-winning, independent garden centre owned by David Danning and David Symons, who have also run a sister garden centre in Cornwall, Trelawney@Wadebridge, for more than 30 years.

The family-run business includes two generations of the Danning and Symons families. The company is opening its third garden centre Trelawney@Probus on a green-field site in Cornwall next year (2015).

Trelawney@Ashford provides customers with a wide range of quality gardening products including plants, furniture, barbecues, garden buildings, gifts and food items. Its friendly and knowledgeable staff are on-hand to give visitors help and advice on all gardening matters.

As well as gardening products, the garden centre also has a specialist Craft Centre for keen knitters, card-makers and bead crafters and a camping and outdoor pursuit concession.

The Garden Restaurant, which seats up to 150 customers, is situated alongside Trelawney@Ashford’s gardens. It serves hot and cold drinks, snacks, cakes, breakfasts, lunches, a daily carvery and children’s meals.

For more information, please call Trelawney@Ashford, which is located on Strand Lane in Ashford, Barnstaple, on 01271 342880 or visit www.trelawney.co.uk.

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