A commemorative InstaPlant carpet bed has been planted in Rochdale as a colourful reminder that this year marks 100 years since the beginning of World War One. The carpet bed, which measures 12m wide by 5m high, was planted below the John Bright Statue in Broadfield Park, creating a highly visible landmark to all pedestrians and road users. Designed with the image of the classic poppy and a simple ‘1914 – 2014 Centenary’ message, the carpet bed was part of a series of World War One events. Commemorative flowerbeds were also created in Heywood and Middleton.

Sultan Ali, Chairman of Rochdale Township Committee, which provided funding for the carpet bed, said “Commemorative events are happening across the borough between 2014 and 2018 and we hope to engage our communities across Rochdale. It’s important that we reflect and remember the huge sacrifices of our Armed Forces and their families.”