IT is with some pride that today we offer our readers the opportunity to get poppies free to plant and commemorate those who died in WWI.

The 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the Great War falls this summer and across the country there will be thousands of formal and informal events held to remember those millions who fell then.

With our offer, which we launch today on this page, you can make your own tribute of remembrance in your own small way.

The poppy looks so fragile yet it sends such a strong and evocative message. The bright splash of colour is always eye-catching, even when it crops up in random patches on the sides of our A-roads across the county.

Of course every November hundreds of thousands of us don a paper poppy to show we remember the sacrifices of all our service personnel, not just from the Great war but also all other conflicts.

Hopefully we can achieve the same effect this summer, but with the real, organic flower painting our county a respectful red.