Mass Snowdrop Planting
to commemorate World War 1
Sunday 20th September at 10am, meet at The Buttercross
This September Otley in Bloom will be working with schools, community groups and other interested parties to plant snowdrops to mark the centenary of the First World War. 5000 bulbs will be planted across the town in key locations to mark this important anniversary.
Snowdrops have been chosen as they are a symbol of peace and hope, and a link to the white war graves. They are also an early source of nectar for bees. The snowdrops will flower in spring 2016, creating larger clumps every year from then on to create a lasting legacy.
If you would like to be involved, or can think of a good place to plant some snowdrops, let us know….
www.otleyinbloom.co.uk or call 01943 462390
Snowdrops and War – Some Facts
There is also a connection with the Crimean War. Unlike the poppy’s association with the blood spilt in the First World War, the purity of the snowdrop enchanted the soldiers bogged down in Crimea (1853-1856). The flowers heralded spring on the battlefield. Many survivors brought the bulbs back to plant in their gardens.
Snowdrops contain their own anti-freeze. They were harvested during the First World War to make anti-freeze for tanks.
On a sunny day, snowdrops are highly scented and give off a honey smell. If you have enough plants the perfume will fill the garden.