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Tower Of London's Poppy Display Is Becoming A Sea Of Mud

19/11/2014 11:07 GMT | Updated 19/11/2014 21:59 GMT

Hundreds of thousands went to see the poppies at the Tower of London. Now, just a week after the huge display was the centre piece of the Remembrance Day celebrations, they are gone and the tower's moat is around half way to becoming a sea of mud.

Thousands of volunteers began removing the 888,246 poppies that had been planted over several months - each representing a British or Commonwealth soldier killed in the war - as part of the Blood Swept Lands And Seas Of Red installation.

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The volunteers removed each ceramic flower for it to be cleaned, packed and posted to buyers who bought each one for £25 to raise millions for military charities.

The last poppy is expected to be removed on November 28.

The process is a strange reversal of what actually happened at First World War battlefields, where fields of barren mud were replaced with fields of poppies that could only grow after four years of conflict ended.

Poppies Removed from Tower Of London