Knitted ‘Poppy Explosion’ for Crewe square

November 17, 2015

Crewe Poppy explosionAn outstanding display of 3,000 knitted poppies welcomed visitors to Memorial Square in Crewe last week to mark Remembrance Sunday and Armistice Day. 

‘The Poppy Explosion’ was a community art project to commemorate the First World War and was co-ordinated by Crewe and Nantwich Senior Forum. The project involved people of all ages over many months, to bring hope within reflection.

The poppies were knitted by Crewe and Nantwich Senior Forum members and was supported by Cheshire East Council as part of their Cheshire East Reflects First World War programme.

Cheshire East Reflects brings together all aspects of the local authority with community groups and organisations within the Borough, as well as partners such as the Imperial War Museum North. 

The Poppy Explosion project was also supported by Ansa Environmental Services, which delivers waste and recycling services for Cheshire East Council, along with grounds maintenance, fleet services and street cleansing functions.

ANSA groundsmen, led by Graham Burgess, spent time brushing and mowing Memorial Square in preparation for the remembrance services. Graham, along with the Crewe and Nantwich Senior Forum members, painstakingly arranged the 3,000 knitted poppies within the tree branches to create the dramatic effect. 

Adrian Lindop, chair of Crewe and Nantwich Senior Forum, said: “After attending the service on Sunday  November 8 and Wednesday November 11, I am delighted to say that the trees, which Graham dressed with the poppies, looked spectacular, with many people saying how well they looked. It made the two days special.

“The Crewe and Nantwich Senior Forum would like to thank all those involved in this memorable project.” For further information, please visit