For Remembrance Day, one London school has chosen to mark the day with eco-friendly poppies

Girls at South Hampstead High School have produced ‘plantable’ eco-friendly poppies for Remembrance Day.

Pupils in the school’s Design & Technology Club have created the flowering poppies as part of
Project Zero, a pupil-led initiative that aims to reduce the school’s environmental impact by 2026
when the school celebrates its 150th anniversary.

Working with special biodegradable paper, embedded with wildflower seeds, the girls have created
laser-cut poppies using biodegradable glue in the school’s design studios. After being worn, the
poppies can be soaked in water then buried in earth, allowing the symbolic flowers to then grow, in
homage to the poppies in the fields of Flanders.
Design & Technology teacher, Ms Pearce, said: “The girls have been so engaged with this innovative
project. These poppies are deeply symbolic: a poignant tribute to remember those who made
sacrifices during the war, as well as representing hope for a more peaceful – and a greener – future.”

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