Visitors will be invited to help sow a field of red poppies to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War.

The Tank Museum in Bovington wants to make a 'carpet' of the red flowers across as part of a national campaign to recognise the centenary of the end of the conflict.

People who visit on Valentine’s Day will be given special Flanders Remembrance Poppy seeds to sow in the Tank Museum arena. This has been inspired by a campaign led by the Memorial Mob, a group dedicated to creating memorials and events to remember the uniformed services.

It is hoped that these flowers will be in full bloom for the Tank Museum’s special event on Wednesday, August 8 to mark the 100-year anniversary of the battle of Amiens – the start of the end of the First World War. This event will be held in association with the YouTube-based Great War Channel.

This is just one of a number of events that the Tank Museum has held over the years to salute the brave British soldiers who fought and died during the First World War.

In 2014, an exhibition called Warhorse to Horsepower arrived at the museum during the Easter break, which taught about the rise of the tank and the role of the cavalry in the mud of the Western Front.

In 2015, the museum held a special remembrance service on Remembrance Sunday on behalf of the Bovington Garrison just before over 200,000 poppies were dropped from Tiger Moth aeroplanes across Bovington, and in September 2016 the British Army AJAX vehicle was publicly unveiled for the first time as part of a commemorative event.

Richard Smith, the director of the museum has stated: “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.

“Poppies are a well-known symbol or remembrance, beginning after they grew in abundance on the disturbed battle grounds of the First World War and made famous in the poem “In Flanders Fields”.

To take part in this event, visitors must arrive by midday when the planting will take place. For more information, call 01929 405096.