Memories of the recent commemoration of the World War I Battle of the Somme were rekindled recently one sunny morning walk last week, along the rising path that leads away from the Brook and on to the Railway Walk. The vivid red flowers belonging to a cluster of poppies were strikingly evident against a backdrop of greens, yellows and browns. (See photo above).

Many of us associate poppies with the red paper ones traditionally worn by many of us here in the United Kingdom as an act of remembrance, to commemorate those who died originally in the Great War, or World War I. Remembrance Day is November the 11th, when at the 11th hour, in 1918, the guns of war fell silent. Since then, all subsequent wars and conflicts are recalled on Remembrance Day.

The deliberate policy to leave a triangular section of ground between the northern bank of the Brook and the Railway Walk has permitted the return of a number of wild flowers that would normally not reach maturity, due to the regular grass-cutting schedule. This forward-thinking policy has enabled small eco-systems to re-establish during the warmer months of the year, resulting in an increase and in some cases a welcome return for some species of flora and fauna.

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