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Poppies | by Christopher_Hawkins
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Poppies growing in a field in North Hampshire.


In 2001 the UK Home Office allowed the trial cultivation of poppies for medical morphine production.


Several ( secret ( opps sorry guys for blowing the locations! Guess its hard to hide a field of red or white flowers.)) sites in Hampshire ( England ) where chosen for this small scale experiment.


The poppies have been grown to only allow morphine rather than heroin production, I think this is to prevent any drug / oil based reasons for invasion from the U.S.A..


The majority of images in this set were from these trials around Basingstoke. However with the decline of the more damaging weed killers and farming methods, more and more varieties of poppy are returning to the hedgerows and farmland.


This June ( 2006 ) has seen the best show for many years.


More information from the media can be seen in reports from The BBC - November, 2001 and The BBC - August, 2002.

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Taken on September 18, 2005