Volunteer To Plant Poppies At The Tower Of London

towermoatpoppyTo commemorate the outbreak of the First World War and starting on 5 August, an installation of nearly 900,000 ceramic poppies will be planted in the moat at the Tower of London.

The installation, created by artist Paul Cummins and designer Tom Piper, is called ‘Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red’ and consists of 888,246 ceramic poppies, each one representing a British or Colonial military fatality during the war. The last poppy will symbolically be planted on 11 November, Remembrance Day.

It’s an ambitious project, and Historic Royal Palaces are looking for volunteers to help plant the poppies. To find out what’s involved download the volunteer brief. You can sign up as an individual by completing the online form. Groups of volunteers should email poppyvolunteer@hrp.org.uk.

Relatives of soldiers who died in WWI can request their name be read out on a particular day so that they can be there to pay their respects.

The poppies themselves will eventually be available to buy for £25 each — the £15m raised (if all are sold) will be distributed amongst the Confederation of Service Charities (COBSEO), Combat Stress, Coming Home, Help for Heroes, the Royal British Legion and SSAFA (formerly the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association).

Don’t miss your chance to take part in a spectacular commemoration of Britain at war.

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  • David L Hone

    Wow, what a beautiful thing to do, tearing up here….

    • http://oxocubeeditorial.blogspot.com BethPH

      I went along yesterday to do some planting. There were about 58,000 poppies at that point and it looks utterly amazing. Despite getting soaked in the storms in the afternoon, it was a fantastic atmosphere. Would definitely recommend people volunteer.

      • Dee

        Hi, I am volunteering this weekend. Where is the poppy office where we have to meet? Thanks :-)

  • Martine Puyboufat

    Good afternoon,I’m French and I would like to buy a poppy at 25£.
    Could you please tell me how to do ?

    • http://oxocubeeditorial.blogspot.com BethPH

      Hi Martine, if you follow the first link in my article and scroll down there are instructions on how to put your name down for one.

  • Peter Spierenburg

    Great. This is something only Britons can pull off. It is beautiful, great and I wished my stay in London could have last a few weeks longer. All the best and lots of success. Looking forward to the photos of the finished project.

  • Jayne Knight

    Beautiful and thoughtful. I would also like to buy a poppy, perhaps there could be a way of registering interest before the sale date.

  • Elizabeth

    I know it will be completed by 11/11/14 but how long will it be left in place? (Am in London in December)

  • Christina

    I would also love to know when they will be taken away?

    • http://oxocubeeditorial.blogspot.com BethPH

      Christina and Elizabeth, check out the FAQs, it will be on till 11 November: http://poppies.hrp.org.uk/faq

  • andymar

    hi there Beth how can you register for the poppies

    • http://oxocubeeditorial.blogspot.com BethPH

      You can go here to buy a poppy: https://poppies.hrp.org.uk/buy-a-poppy/

      • Banny

        I applied yesterday for a shift for me and three friends, any idea how long it will be until we receive a reply? We are keen to be involved

  • Coral Westlake

    I filled in the volunteer form yesterday and would dearly love to be involved in such an amazing project. It is so important that we remember all the people who sacrificed so much to give us the freedom that so many of us take for granted today. It’s things like this that emphasise the ‘Great’ in Great Britain

  • Suze

    Volunteered like Coral and haven’t heard. Do you just turn up?

  • Heather Malmo Drew

    Just reading about the Red Poppies, the photo had me tearing up also, all the way down under from NZ. Our English Grandfather Frederick Charles DREW was killed at Passchendaele age 25 in 1917 leaving behind two little boys age 2 & 4. I have researched this unknown man to give him a family tree etc and would absolutely love to have a poppy as a rememberance to him if I can find out how to go about it please.
    Also, to have his name read out on the anniversary of his death would be amazing. Heather Drew NZ

  • Poppy&coco

    I would like to buy a poppy too, how can apply? x

  • Maureen Barlin

    I also volunteered last week for this coming weekend but have not had a response. Will try to find a phone number at HRP and make some inquiries.

  • Rach

    I have requested to volunteer how long does it take for them to let you know?

    • Dee

      I only heard this week and I am volunteering this coming weekend, so possibly a week before hand?