Creating Your Stories
You will first need to identify a place of significance then contact your local council.
The council will register with the Trust to confirm that your intended place meets the requirements to be on Poppy Places. This step also assigns the place to you, and gives you the responsibility to gain input from your community.
Writing the story may be done as part of a community effort. This could be a school or classroom project, a local community group, or even a family which wishes to remember their family’s involvement. From there the Trust will guide you as you research the background, involve the community, and determine what story and format you wish to use (e.g. video, audio, and text).
The intention is not to necessarily document a specific event as there may already be significant historical detail known. The idea behind Poppy Places is to record the story behind why a place has been named locally, and who or what it has been named after. For example Gallipoli Street in Leeston: how did Leeston choose this particular street to be named? When was the street named? Who from the community fought in Gallipoli? Are the original minutes from the council approving the name in existence and so on.
The council will return the finished story to the Trust for sharing on the web site.
Lastly when it’s all done we would encourage you to have a community event to mark the Place of the Poppy. Details of that event can then be added to your story.