Since the trench warfare in the poppy fields of Flanders during World War I, poppies have become a symbol of remembrance for soldiers who died in war. Our beautiful cenotaph area is adorned in artificial poppies and we have some very talented ladies who crochet and knit woollen poppies for people to wear during days of Remembrance along with fresh sprigs of rosemary. Shortly after Linda had her idea, she teamed up with Kerry Shepherd, our wonderful Community Relationships and Sustainability Manager who has more than just a green thumb. Kerry and her late husband Chris, developed the Ecovillage in Currumbin Valley which among over 30 incredible awards, won ‘The World’s Best Environmental Development’ (FIABCI Prix D’Excellence Award 2008). Kerry has been instrumental in many of Currumbin RSL’s sustainability initiatives from procuring our Flow Hive to organising our Alleys menu in Braille and ensuring our herb gardens are bursting with flavour, just to name a few. You may have had the pleasure of being on one of Kerry’s Sustainability Tours or attended one of her many ‘Fun & Ageless’ group activities. Aaron Adams, Head of Maintenance who does a fantastic job of maintaining our building and grounds (who also built our Pop Up Bar last summer from recycled pallets) got busy ensuring that our gardens were ready for the poppy seeds. After the sun set on ANZAC Day, our busiest and most treasured day of the year, Kerry was up the next day planting the seeds in our gardens. With favourable conditions, the poppies should be out in bloom by Remembrance Day in November. We can’t wait to see them ‘pop’ up soon!
A brilliant idea ‘popped’ into our lovely Reception Manager, Linda Carpenter’s mind when she saw some poppies in a magazine. “Why don’t we have poppies in our garden?” Linda wondered.