Blue Badge guides plant poppies at the Tower of London

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Date(s) - 01/08/2014
9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Tower of London


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Blue Badge guides are proud to be supporting a stunning tribute to the 888,246 British soldiers killed during the war.

In a powerful visualisation of the scale of fatalities Historic Royal Palaces are permitting the former moat surrounding 16-acre Tower of London to be filled with ceramic poppies, each commemorating a British soldier, who gave their life for their country. The installation has been designed and created by Paul Cummins and Tom Piper.

Two team of Blue Badge guides will spend the morning of 26 July and 1 August planting ceramic poppies along with other members of the public. The installation will be officially unveiled on 5 August and will continue to grow until Armistice Day, 11 November 2014, when the poppies will be auctioned for charity.

London Blue Badge guide, Eve Milner commented: “Blue Badge tourist guides are proud to play our part each day in interpreting the history of the Tower of London for its many visitors. I am delighted that Blue Badge guides – and other members of the public – are being given this unique opportunity to engage even more directly and physically with this extraordinary part of our heritage. It is very exciting for us to be able to support Historic Royal Palaces’ moving initiative to commemorate the First World War.”

Members of the public may express their interest in volunteering opportunities, or find out more about nominating a name for the roll of honour, or register interest in purchasing a poppy by visiting:

For further information, please visit:

Charities benefiting from sale of the poppies include:
The Royal British Legion
Confederation of Service Charities (COBSEO)
Combat Stress
Coming Home
Help for Heroes
SSAFA (formerly the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association)

UPDATE: Here is a picture of the first group of Blue Badge guides doing their bit:
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