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GCHQ creates poppy waterfall to launch appeal

The intelligence agency GCHQ has launched this year's poppy appeal in Gloucestershire with a waterfall of poppies.

The intelligence agency GCHQ has launched this year's poppy appeal in Gloucestershire with a waterfall of poppies. Credit: GCHQ 2016

The so-called 'Poppyfall' has been put together from 9000 poppies hand-made by GCHQ staff. It is hanging in the atrium of the Cheltenham base.

The 10 metre high waterfall was unveiled at an event supported by the Royal British Legion.

Anybody coming in and seeing it for the first time would find it quite outstanding. A lot of work has gone into it and it's nice GCHQ has been able to do this for us and help us to launch the poppy appeal in Gloucestershire this year.

– Ian Corbitt, Gloucestershire Royal British Legion
Credit: GCHQ 2016

THE FIGURES

9000
number of poppies in the waterfall
10 m
height of the Poppyfall
300 hrs
time it took to sew together

Staff in Cheltenham were helped by colleagues at sites across the country and partners overseas to meet their poppy target. Friends and families also contributed.

The poppies GCHQ created were as diverse as the staff who sewed, knitted or crocheted them. They included black poppy roses from GCHQ’s BAME network and rainbow poppies from Pride. As technology is a big part of GCHQ, specially designed 3D printed poppies were added.

Credit: GCHQ 2016

This poppy's been created by individuals. You can see each one of them is different. They're individuals in the same way as all of the people who made them are individuals and in the same way as all of the members of the armed forces who we commemorate at this time of the year were individuals too.

– Tony Comer, GCHQ Historian
Credit: GCHQ 2016

The main part of the waterfall will remain at GCHQ until the end of November.

A section of it will then be available for public viewing in Gloucester Cathedral from early November.

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