Residents at a Salisbury care home have knitted, sewn and crocheted poppies for an outdoor display designed as a heartfelt tribute for Remembrance season.
The floral cascade at Braemar Lodge in Stratford Road numbers more than 1,900 handcrafted poppies.
While most were made by residents, families, staff and close community contacts, the home also received donated poppies from as far afield as Scotland.
Resident Delia Bailey said: “I am an avid knitter so was delighted to have been part of this project. I started to knit poppies in August and made 140 in total. The display looks splendid and I thoroughly enjoyed doing it.”
The home’s Customer Support advisor Tanya Williams said: “We were completely overwhelmed with the response to our call for poppies, including so many from friends in the community and anonymous donors.
“It has been a labour of love but the finished display has far exceeded our expectations.”
Among activities at other Colten Care homes, residents at Bourne View in Poole painted poppy images on pebbles for distribution in the neighbourhood, Whitecliffe House in Blandford held a poppy-themed colouring competition with local schoolchildren and Newstone House in Sturminster Newton welcomed the Shroton Ukulele Band to play at a British-themed Remembrance afternoon.
All 21 Colten Care homes hold annual services of Remembrance in line with wider Armistice Day commemorations.
A key aim is to honour veterans living in each home and families with current serving personnel.
At some homes, including Brook View in West Moors, Dorset, residents are invited to join official parades and services taking place in the community and to lay wreaths.