VISITORS to The Tank Museum in Bovington next week will be invited to help sow a field of poppies.

It is part of a national campaign to create a ‘carpet’ of flowers across the UK in time to mark 100 years since the end of the First World War.

Inspired by a campaign led by The Memorial Mob - a group dedicated to creating memorials and events to help remember the uniformed services - visitors on February 14 will be given special Flanders remembrance poppy seeds to sow in The Tank Museum arena. Planting will take place at 12pm.

It is hoped that the poppies will be in full bloom for August 8 when The Tank Museum will be hosting a special event to mark the centenary of the Battle of Amiens - the beginning of the end of the First World War.

The event is being held in association with the YouTube based Great War Channel.

Richard Smith, director of the Tank Museum, said: "We hope our visitors will join in to help us create what will be a beautifully poignant centrepiece for our First World War event this summer - where thousands of red flowers will act as an enduring reminder of those who gave their lives in the conflict.”