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Giant poppies take over Bracknell

Published: 1 Aug 2014 16:301 comment

GIANT poppies are the talking point of Bracknell after springing up across the borough in advance of the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War.

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More than 20 poppies have been installed on roundabouts and major junctions across Bracknell Forest to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Britain declaring war on Germany on Monday.

The 6ft-high red flowers were installed last week and are set to stay until at least Armistice Day, the anniversary of the end of the First World War, on November 11.

The fibre-glass poppies, commissioned by Bracknell Forest Council at a cost of £500 each, were built by Bracknell architectural and engineering firm ATOM.

Cllr Tony Virgo hopes the flowers will feature annually in the town.

He said: “The poppies have really caught the public’s imagination and people just like quirky things.

“Roundabouts are the best way to display them and it shows Bracknell is doing something for the anniversary.”

One poppy will remain in South Hill Park as a work of art.

Full list of poppies across the borough:

1. Squirrel roundabout, Mounts Hill, Winkfield

2. ‘Peanut roundabout’, Windsor Road, Winkfield

3. Maidens Green Junction, Maidens Green, Winkfield

4. Warfield Church Lych Gate, Osborne Lane

5. Warfield Roundabout, Harvest Ride

6. Whitegrove Roundabout, County Lane, Warfield

7. Sheppee roundabout, Harvest Ride, Warfield

8. Popeswood roundabout, Wokingham Road, Bracknell

9. Western Roundabout, Wokingham Road, Bracknell

10. Met Office Roundabout, London Road, Bracknell

11. Peel roundabout, Skimped Hill Lane, Bracknell

12. Eastern Roundabout, London Road, Bracknell

13. Waitrose roundabout, Berkshire Way, Bracknell

14. Long Hill roundabout, Long Hill Road, Bracknell

15. Martins Heron roundabout, London Road, Bracknell

16. Whitton Road roundabout, New Forest Ride, Bracknell

17. Wildridings roundabout, Mill Lane, Bracknell

18. Hanworth roundabout, Mill Lane, Bracknell

19. Sainsbury’s roundabout, Ringmead, Bracknell

20. Foresters roundabout, Foresters Way, Crowthorne

21. Bracknell Road, Crowthorne

22. Magdalene roundabout, Rackstraw Road, Sandhurst

23. Shepherds Meadow roundabout, Marshall Road, Sandhurst

24. Bracknell & Wokingham College

25. South Hill Park

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