One million poppies to be planted in Lews Castle Grounds in memory of War fallen

Poppies will be planted in Lews Castle Grounds.
Poppies will be planted in Lews Castle Grounds.

One million poppies are to be planted in Lews Castle Grounds in commemoration of those who lost their lives in World War 1.

Stornoway Trust, formed in 1923, is to support a national campaign by the Royal British Legion to plant Flanders Poppies in the Castle Grounds.

The aim of the national campaign is to cover the UK with poppies during the centenary period in commemoration of all those who lost their lives in the First World War.

The Stornoway Trust would like to thank Back Pharmacy for sourcing the poppies for them and a donation will be made to the Royal British Legion for the seeds.

Colin Flinn, Head of Fundraising at Poppyscotland: “We really hope that people will get behind the plan to plant a million poppies in Stornoway. It would be an excellent way to bring the community together to reflect on the many sacrifices made during the First World War, while creating a powerful and moving visual tribute.”

The Trust will shortly be involved in planting the poppies and wild flowers and any volunteers who are interested in assisting should contact Tony Robson on 07786686523 or email

The Royal British Legion’s Director of Fundraising, Charles Byrne, said they were also encouraging people to plant poppies on their own land.

“We want to see members of the public making this campaign their own in their local communities, working in collaboration with local government, schools and community groups, and we will be taking discussions forward with central Government to engrain this campaign in the centenary commemorations.”

The 4th of August marks the 100th anniversary of the day Britain entered one of the costliest conflicts in history – the First World War – with fighting continuing until the 11th of November 1918, Armistice Day.