While they may not be ready in time for this year’s appeal, DIY giant B&Q’s poppies are offering people the chance to create their own living Flanders Fields, in time for next year’s 100th anniversary of World War One.

Packs of Flanders poppy seeds are being sold in B&Q stores for £2 with a £1 donation to the RBL.

And while it is hoped individuals will buy the seeds and plant theirs in areas of their gardens, it is also hoped local authorities and community groups will create larger areas of poppies in time for the World War One centenary on August 4, 2014.

Charles Byrne, director of fundraising at The Royal British Legion said: “The concept of covering the nation in poppies to commemorate the centenary has captured the imagination of the public and we’re thrilled to be rolling the campaign out nationwide.”