Public Vote now OPEN for our Poppy Places and Spaces Competition!

24th April 2018

Our ever-popular Poppyscotland Learning Competition, which called on Scotland’s schools to explore the power of design as part of Remembrance and reflection, is now open to the public to decide the overall winner from a shortlist of six school entries via an online vote.

Image above: ‘Snow Globe’ Shortlisted Design by Douglas Ewart High School, S2

Image above: Shortlisted Design by Bun-sgoil Stafainn/Staffin Primary School

After dozens of entries were received, a judging panel was given the unenviable task of whittling the number down to a shortlist of just six. They are as follows: Annan Academy (S3), in Dumfries & Galloway; Douglas-Ewart High School (S2), in Newton Stewart/Dumfries & Galloway; Douglas-Ewart High School (S3); Bun-sgoil Lacasdail (Laxdale Primary School) (Gaelic-medium 3-7), on the Isle of Lewis; (Bun-sgoil Stafainn) Staffin Primary School (P4-P7), on Skye; and Wellington School (P7), in Ayr.

To view the six shortlisted entries and to cast your all important vote, please visit: Voting closes on 11th May with the winner to be announced a week later.

Here are some more images of our further four shortlisted designs:

Image above: Shortlisted Design from Bun-sgoil Lacasdail / Laxdale Primary School (GM 3-7)

‘Poppy Places and Spaces’ was a design competition divided into two age groups – P4-P7 and S1-S3 –which has been inspired by the fact that 2018 is the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War. It supports the question: ‘Why is it important to remember?’

 Image above:  Shortlisted Design from Wellington School, P7

Isla Campbell Lupton, the Learning and Outreach Manager at Poppyscotland, said: “We challenged schools to design a Poppy Place and Space – an area for Remembrance and reflection. Designs could have been produced by hand, by computer or using appropriate mixed media. It could be an outdoor or indoor space and we asked pupils to be as creative as possible. The aim was to get youngsters to work together to submit an entry as a class.

“It is important that young people are well informed and able to contribute to the ongoing dialogue about the poppy as a symbol of Remembrance. Poppyscotland does not seek to lead this debate in one direction or another; rather we facilitate as broad an understanding of the subject as possible among our nation’s young people.”

  Image above: Shortlisted Design by Douglas Ewart High School, S3                                                               
Image above: Shortlisted Design by Annan Academy, S3

There will be one overall winner picked from a public vote of a shortlist of three in the primary school age category (P4-P7) and three in the secondary school age category (S1-S3). The overall winner will have the opportunity to build their Poppy Place or Space. This will be limited to a maximum cost budget of £1,000. Runners-up will receive book tokens. For more information on the competition, please contact Isla Campbell Lupton, at Poppyscotland, via