An old bowling green has become a beauty spot after being replanted to commemorate the start of the First World War.

Wild Flower Meadow was planted in Preston Park by Brighton and Hove City Council to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Great War and to encourage insects and wildlife.

Hundreds of red poppies have now sprung up around the meadow.

Pete West, chair of Brighton and Hove City Council’s environmental committee, said: “This is our eco-friendly way to join the WW1 commemorations. They look beautiful and help sustain wildlife.”

Geoffrey Bowden, chairman of the council’s economic development and culture committee, said: “The sight of thousands of poppies emerging on wildflower sites across the city is both stunning and poignant – a fitting way to mark the historic anniversary of the start of World War One.”

The council has planted several kilos’ worth of poppy seeds mixed with red flower species in locations including roadside verges and parks.