Press Release - Help create a 'Thank You' poppy field at Trentham

Visitors to The Trentham Estate are being offered the chance to commemorate the end of the First World War and say ‘Thank You’ to all who served and sacrificed – by turning a green ‘field’ red with poppies at the popular Shopping Village.

Joining the Royal British Legion’s ‘Thank You’ initiative commemorating 100 years since the guns fell silent on the world’s first truly global war, Trentham aims to raise money for the Legion’s Poppy Appeal 2018 with an innovative and evocative campaign.

A hoarding at the end of the Shopping Village extension at the Estate, on the edge of Stoke-on-Trent, in Staffordshire, has been transformed into a striking ‘Thank You’ Wall showing a sunlit green field and a lone poppy.

From this week, visitors can help turn the green field red by buying special poppy stickers and placing them on the Remembrance Wall.
By the end of October it is hoped the green ‘field’ will have become completely red, with each poppy representing a personal ‘Thank You’ from shoppers and visitors to all those who ‘served, sacrificed and changed our world’.

Stickers are available at £3 each from the Shopping Village’s nostalgic gift shop ‘Got 2 Have One’, which is producing memorabilia for the Royal British Legion.
The shop will also have a wartime themed window, including a make shift trench with sandbags, to promote the campaign, while all the sticker sale proceeds will go to the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal 2018.

Said Sammy Holman, managing director of ‘Got 2 Have One’: It’s important that as a nation we thank the First World War community. The 100th anniversary of the ending of the war is something that is so important to me personally, as an ex-solider, but also to so many other families. We owe so much to the people who have now passed. In my shop Got2haveone we will dress the store with wartime features and our aim is to sell as many poppies as possible to cover the Remembrance Wall in bright red poppy stickers.”

The poppies are now available and on sale.

Along with the commemorative ‘poppy field’, Trentham is also planning a ‘Thank You’ event at the Shopping Village on Sunday 28th October, featuring the Adamson Military Band, First World War poetry readings, military vehicle displays and themed entertainment. Marking 100 years since the end of the Great War, the ‘Thank You’ event – being staged across the Shopping Village from 11am to 4pm – will also feature the Royal British Legion and a hoped-for historic aircraft fly-past.

This year’s Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal will be launched nationally on Saturday 27th October.

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For all media information, photo-opportunities and images, please contact: Amanda Dawson. Tel: 01782 657341. E-mail: adawson@trentham.co.uk

Notes to editors: The Trentham Estate, on the edge of Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, offers one of the UK’s most diverse days out with a range of leisure activities for all ages.

It is one of the country’s top leisure destinations, attracting more than 3.2m visitors per year and was awarded a Gold Accolade by VisitEngland in February 2018 in recognition of the quality visitor experience offered. The fabulous restored Trentham Gardens at the heart of the Estate attracted just over 725,000 visits in 2017 - making them one of the most visited gardens in the UK. They were also named the UK’s “Garden of the Year” in the BBC Countryfile Magazine Awards 2015. Owned and managed by St. Modwen, the expert developer and regeneration specialist, the 725-acre Estate, which was previously owned for over 400 years by the Dukes of Sutherland, has undergone a massive regeneration programme since 2003. The Estate boasts: The famous Trentham Gardens, including the very important Italianate Gardens designed by Charles Barry in the 1830s that have been lovingly restored using top landscape designers. The gardens feature the UK’s first ‘barefoot’ walk, a great children’s adventure play area and maze and a beautiful walk around the mile long lake, originally laid out by Lancelot “Capability” Brown in the 18th Century. The Trentham Garden Centre and newly expanded Shopping Village, an eclectic mix of shops and eateries with a 119-bedroom Premier Inn Hotel. Trentham Monkey Forest - a unique opportunity to walk amongst 140 free roaming Barbary macaques, in a natural woodland environment for this endangered species. Extensive woodlands.