THOUGHTFUL youngsters have been creating a poppy wall to remember those who died in the First and Second World Wars.

Members of the Scouts, Guides, Brownies and Cubs in Tiptree have been creating poppies as part of a community project in the village.

The wall space for the project was kindly donated by the village's Tesco store, and can be seen by the public in Church Road in the run-up to Remembrance Day.

Colin Smith, one of the Scout leaders, said: "The poppy wall was an idea of Diana Bishop, our scout leader.

"We explained to the children why they were making poppies.

"We explained it by tell them if they have been to Wembley Stadium ad seen it light up, that many people died every day during the First World War, which is astounding when you think of it like that.

"We discussed what they were doing and the Rainbows, Brownies, Guides, Cubs and the flower club also made poppies."

The first stage of the project was to find a suitable site for the poppy memorial.

"We were looking for a wall to put the poppies on and nobody seemed to have one at first," Mr Smith said.

"We approached Tesco and asked if we could use theirs.

"The manager, Sam, is an ex paratrooper and he was very up for it so they gave us one of their advertising spaces to use for a week."

Children also spent Saturday selling poppy pin badges inside Tesco, the funds from which will go to the Royal British Legion's Poppy Appeal.

Mr Smith added: "Last year we raised ten per cent of the money for the Royal British Legion across the whole of Tiptree.

"This is the first year we have done anything like the poppy wall but we are part of the Remembrance Day parade every year.

"The kids all love being involved and we get more people volunteer to do it than anything else."