Woollen Poppy Eco-Wreaths Made in Mendip laid to mark Remembrance Sunday

Eco-wreaths of knitted and crocheted poppies made by residents and local florists have been laid to mark this year's Remembrance Sunday.

"We will remember them” – Wreath laid at Frome Memorial by Cllr. Helen Sprawson-White, Chair of Mendip District CouncilThe wreaths were laid on behalf of our City, Towns and local rural communities by Cabinet Members and Councillors on Remembrance Sunday. The wreaths are to honour those who died in the two World Wars and other conflicts to protect our freedoms.

The eco-wreaths were made by Street based florist 'Luce Loves Flowers' and Glastonbury florist 'Abundiflora'. They are constructed of wool poppies which have been knitted or crocheted by local residents.

Councillor Liz Leyshon, Portfolio Holder for Corporate Services and Projects at Mendip District Council, has been responsible for arranging the creation of the eco-wreaths. 

Ruthie Dixon of Street the ‘Queen of Crocheted Poppies'She said:  "It has been some time in the making the production of all these wreaths.  They are made of knitted or crocheted poppies that have been made by our residents.  I would like to particularly thank Ruthie Dixon of Street who in my opinion has to be the 'Queen of Crocheted Poppies' this year!  Once crocheted all the assembled poppies are attached to wreaths of natural materials with straw or willow bases and fresh greenery. The poppies can be washed and reused next year so are reusable and compostable which fits with our aim to make Mendip a greener place to live and work.

"What has been very heartening to see as the poppies have been sent to me is how they are all so different. People have different skill levels so the poppies range from elaborate ones made of red, green and black designs, to some very simple ones.  There are poppies shaped like cup-cakes and some where the knitter has created whole wreaths of flowers. 

Wreath of woollen poppies laid at St. John’s Church, Glastonbury by Cllr Nick Cottle, Deputy Chair of Mendip District Council."We have had to think creatively this year and commemorations have been created to suit the location and community.  Some have taken place virtually online and others have included a small number of Royal British Legion members and Councillors socially distanced as they laid their wreaths."

Cllr. Liz Leyshon added: "Cllr. Helen Sprawson-White, Chair of Mendip District Council will be making a donation on behalf of the Council to the Royal British Legion this year, which will be exactly the same donation as other years. 

"We are living in a time of real challenge, but as you go about your winter exercise walks please take time to walk past your local war memorial and remember those who paid the ultimate sacrifice so we can live in freedom today.  We will remember them."

The Councillors who laid a poppy wreath for Remembrance Day include: Cllr Ros Wyke, Leader of the Council (Westbury sub Mendip) and representing all Mendip's rural communities, Cllr Rob Ayres, Chair of the Audit Committee (City of Wells), Cllr Nick Cottle, Deputy Chair of Mendip District Council (Glastonbury), Cllr Chris Inchley, Deputy Chair of the Scrutiny Body (Shepton Mallet), Cllr Liz Leyshon, Portfolio Holder for Corporate Services and Projects (Street) and Cllr Helen Sprawson-White, Chair of the Council (Frome).