Poppies planted at Archbishop of York's residence in memory of World War One fallen

(Photo: Bishopthorpe Palace)

The Archbishop of York Dr John Sentamu recently teamed up with local school children to plant poppies commemorating the centenary of World War One.  

The five children are part of the Archbishop's Young Leaders scheme running in schools to equip young people with the skills to be a force for good in their local communities. 

In addition to planting poppies in the grounds of Bishopthorpe Palace, the Archbishop's official residence, the children were presented with Young Leaders awards.  

The Archbishop said: "It is fantastic to hear of the community projects that these young people have been working on – they are an inspiration! It just goes to show that young people are capable of putting others before themselves and showing great servant leadership.

"I am delighted that these leaders have planted the poppies here at Bishopthorpe to make this tribute to the sacrifice of past generations."

Pierrepont Gamston Head teacher Steve Stafford said: "I am delighted to bring my Young Leaders here today to receive their certificates and be involved in the poppy planting. The Young Leaders Awards have done their confidence the world of good and made them realise they are capable of changing things if they put their mind to it."

Grace Oldknow, Head Girl and KS3 Young Leader said: "The Young Leader Award has supported and encouraged me in developing my leadership skills. I have really enjoyed finding out about inspirational Christian leaders who help those who don't have a voice or often go unseen. It has been great organising many fundraising projects that will impact on those not as fortunate as us. The Award has shown me that I can be the change I want to see."