River of Poppies

Symondsbury Estate is building a temporary community built memorial on Colmers Hill in Symondsbury, Bridport for Armistice Day 2018. This year marks 100 years since the end of WWI.

The installation, called the River of Poppies will cover the south side of Colmers Hill facing the A35 Dorset Road and the Jurassic Coast. The poppies will be made up of craft materials, handmade by local schools and community groups. The poppies are tied onto netting donated by Bridport netting companies to commemorate Bridport’s WWI history in netting.

Symondsbury Estate hopes that the installation will encourage people far and wide to remember and reflect on those who have fallen in wars, and will kindly donate to The Royal British Legion.

The installation stretches over 170m in length on Colmers Hill, beginning at the top of the hill where many of its trees were planted in WWI to commemorate Bridport men who had died in the war.

On Wednesday 7thto Friday 9th November, schools and groups will be joining Symondsbury Estate to begin building the River of Poppies on Colmers Hill with us and The Royal British Legion.

On Armistice Day, Sunday 11th November, the hill will have a river of poppies whilst being lit by red lighting for all to see.

Please contact us if you’d like to be a part of the event!

We’re also raising money for The Royal British Legion via our Just Giving page.


Our thank yous so far…

Materials donated by…

Huck Nets, Coastal Nets, Sicor International, G.F. Smith, Creeds Design & Print, The Vanilla Valley.

Poppies made by (to name a few)…

Symondsbury School, Woodroffe School, Sunny Days Bridport, Bridport Youth Club, Beaminster School, Wey Valley School, 1st Bothenhampton Guides & Brownies, Westfield Arts College, Loders Youth Club, DCH’s Kingfisher Ward, Colfox School, Bridport Primary, St Marys Bridport, Dorset Learning Centre, Loders School, St Catherines Primary, Bridport Connect Centre, Colmers Hill Fashion, Kerry Tancock & Lilly, Jenny Semence, Lyme Bay Ladies, Symondsbury’s Knitting Group, The WI’s of Charminster, Bridport, Burton Bradstock, Canford, Wool & Walditch…

A special thanks to…

The Royal British Legion

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