The Somerset Poppies Return to The Bishop’s Palace

6th - 17th November 2023

The Somerset Poppies Return to The Bishop’s Palace, Wells

  • 6th – 17th November 2023

Hundreds of metal stemmed poppies will once again be planted at The Bishop’s Palace and Gardens in Wells this year, in time for Remembrance weekend in November.

There were originally 7986 poppies made by local school children in 2018 – one to mark each life lost by servicemen from the county of Somerset during World War One – but some were sold to raise money for SSAFA and the Wells Branch of the Royal British Legion.

After the original Somerset poppies project finished it was agreed that the Palace should retain 2000 poppies in order to continue to display them inside the grounds, as they had been taken to the hearts of the local people of Somerset.

Each year they have moved to a different location in the gardens and this year the poppies will be on display from 6th-17th November in the Palace’s Quiet Garden.

The poppies are to be put in place by Dan Vidler, who conceived the idea for the 2018 centenary, with help from staff and volunteers from the Palace.

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