This week saw the work begin on our first stage of our First World War living installations, at Norwood Lodge.
New Leaf’s Vinnie O’Connell – who is overseeing the project work – told us:
The furrows that we are digging represent the tank tracks that marked the fields that the poppies thrived in during the First World War.
And the pea shingle, that we have applied liberally, represents a tiny stone for each life lost on those fields.
Vinnie also recounted to us that when he told a passer by about the representation, she asked him to give her a piece of the pea shingle so that she could take it home and put it on her mantelpiece in memory of her grandfather who died in the first world war.
This perfectly represents what we hope our living memorial will achieve. There will be further beds of flanders poppies at the Herne Hill Gate and at the Tulse Hill Gate.