Believed to be the largest commemorative emblem of its kind ever applied to sports turf, the huge display is the brainchild of Rob Bradshaw, 2014 Grassroots Sports Ground Team of the Year in the IOG Awards.
Bradshaw field-tested his idea last year, bringing in linemarking and pitch paint specialists Vitax Amenity to help him lay a 5m x 5m poppy on the grass pitches at One Leisure St Ives Outdoor, managed by Huntingdonshire District Council.
"This year I wanted to do it bigger and better," said Bradshaw. "We measured out the outline of a 23m x 21m emblem then filled it in with red marker paint. Next year we plan an even larger poppy. After all, it's in a good cause."
Vitax Amenity donated £700 worth of marker paint to bring the poppy to life. Bradshaw completed the poppy in his own time, with help from Vitax representatives Graham Wingfield and Allan Wainwright, respectively Northern and South Eastern technical sales advisers. They used Supamark TFS25 and TXE 606 linemarking machines for the task.
After witnessing the epic effort, Councillor Robin Howe, whose executive responsibilities include One Leisure, said: "I would like to thank Rob for his continuous efforts. He even came in on his day off to help paint the poppy."
Bradshaw hopes to outstrip last year's £100 fundraising effort, with The Royal British Legion and Army Cadets on hand last weekend and prizes such as a Norwich City shirt, signed by goalkeeper John Ruddy, and tickets to a Cambridge United game up for grabs in the raffle.
"We're feeling confident we can beat last year's total," he said.