London Southend Airport Unveils Community Garden

A Community Garden featuring 2,000 red ceramic poppies, made by hundreds of children from 25 schools in the region, was unveiled at London Southend Airport on November 8.

The dramatic installation on the lawn in front of the terminal building is in the shape of the Common Poppy (Papaver Rhoeas) with its four large petals, each consisting of 500 hand-crafted poppies mounted on green bamboo sticks.

Unveiled just ahead of Remembrance Sunday (November 11), the airport said the Commemorative Community Poppy Garden is a special dedication to remember the fallen who lived and served their country in its time of need a century ago. It is particularly poignant the garden is located here, as it was actually the First World War which led to the creation of the site as a base for flying.