Volunteers plant crosses at Field of Remembrance

31st October 2015 Fraser Bedwell

The Field of Remembrance in Edinburgh’s Princes Street Gardens was first introduced by Poppyscotland in 2011. It will contain rows of wooden crosses and other Remembrance symbols, each with a heartfelt message in memory of lost loved ones or support for the Armed Forces. There is also a special Afghanistan plot to commemorate the Service personnel who have died.

Poppyscotland is inviting members of the public to visit the Field and plant their own crosses during Poppy Week (from Monday 2nd November) with the ambition of filling the Field by Armistice Day (Wednesday 11th November). As well as crosses, other tributes are available including a Sikh Khanda, Muslim Crescent Moon, Jewish Star of David and a non-denominational symbol.

The Field of Remembrance is situated adjacent to the traditional Garden of Remembrance on the other side of the Scott Monument.

In addition to the Edinburgh display, a Field of Remembrance has been created in Inverness, which will be open to the public during Poppy Week.

The theme of the 2015 Scottish Poppy Appeal is Donate like you mean it and Poppyscotland is aiming to raise as much money as possible so it can continue to support those in the Armed Forces community who need it most.

People can support the 2015 Appeal by taking a video or photo selfie using the hashtag #MyPoppyMeans and sharing on social media then donating like they mean it by putting money in the poppy tins, texting POPPY to 70800 to give £3* or going online at www.poppyscotland.org.uk