A CREATIVE display of poppies has been created to remember fallen servicemen.

The grounds of Glenroyd House, on Medomsley Road, in Consett, has been decorated with woollen flowers and over 400 more made from plastic bottles.

The Get Together Group, which supports people in the community with mental health problems, has spent more than 125 hours crocheting the poppies, which adorn a tree in the garden.

Support co-ordinator Stephen Ingram said: “This project has shown that people with mental health problems can put their time and energy into something worthwhile.

“It is in memory of the people who gave their lives for this country.

“It has brought people together and shown what teamwork is.

“Everybody has played a part, even if it is something as small as bringing along plastic bottles.

“They have all contributed and it has had a positive impact on their mental wellbeing.”

The group meets on Monday and Wednesdays from 10am-2.30pm.

Sharon Unsworth, who manages the building run by the Derwentside Trust, said: “They asked last November if they can do it and I said ‘yes, by all means’

“They have worked for weeks and weeks now, preparing the poppies, saving up pop bottles, painting them red, and putting posters in the windows.

“If it was not for the people who died we might not be here today.

“It could be a totally different society now.”