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Rabbits ravaging Ashbourne’s new poppies

By Ashbourne News Telegraph  |  Posted: June 23, 2014

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POPPIES which cost a local authority £1,000 to plant are being eaten by rabbits.

Derbyshire Dales District Council workmen spent Friday planting out the potted seedlings at Ashbourne Cemetery, in a bid to replace a patch of poppies that were accidentally mown over due to a breakdown in communication, but over the weekend a small number of the plants have been nibbled.

Trilby Shaw, who sowed 50,000 seeds in March ahead of the town’s 1914-1918 commemoration events and has been watering the replacement plants over the weekend said she was not sure how to tackle the problem and protect the poppies.

A spokesman for the district council said the authority was aware of the problem and confirmed it was “looking into it”.

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