Morden cubs join in WWI commemorations

Cubs from the 5th Morden Scout Group sowed poppy seeds on Cannon Hill Common last week as part of the World War I commemorations in Merton.

5th Morden cubs

5th Morden cubs sowing poppy seeds on Cannon Hill Common

Under the eye of Akela, Michele McNamara, and all the leaders, the cubs dispersed thousands of poppy seeds, which will grow into a field of poppies on the former site of the pavilion in early summer.

The poppy has a long association with World War I as it was the flower that grew on the battlefields when all around was a picture of destruction.

The council will be updating its web pages on commemorative events happening in the borough over the coming year.

Aidan Mulholland (9) from 5th Morden said: “It was a great idea to get all of us together to plant the poppy seeds. We’re all looking forward to seeing the flowers when they come up in June.”

Merton Council’s director of environment and regeneration Chris Lee said: “Over the next year and up to 2018, when World War I ended, we will be commemorating the sacrifices that so many people of that generation made for us. Over the coming months we’ll be learning more about how the war impacted on the local area and on the people who lived in what we now call Merton. We want to involve people of all ages in the commemorations and this gesture from the cubs of 5th Morden will result in a meadow of poppies for us all to see.”