This year, Remembrance Day, November 11, will mark the centennial anniversary of the end of World War I. To commemorate this occasion, Parks & Forestry is engaging the community in a year-long project with the goal of painting a minimum of 1,111 wooden poppies by Remembrance Day.

At community events throughout the year, the poppies will be painted on wood from ash trees that fell victim to the Emerald Ash Borer. Poppies will be painted using a biodegradable, non-toxic paint made of all natural ingredients.

In November, the poppies will be displayed altogether as one large poppy at Celebration Square with others being left on the graves of veterans in the cemeteries and cenotaphs managed by the Parks & Forestry Division. At the conclusion of the project, the poppies will be chipped and recycled in the City’s parks and trails system.

It is estimated that the project will divert 1-2 cubic metres of wood from landfills and capture 1-2 tonnes of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.

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