Poppy Factory

Our visit to the Royal British Legion
Poppy Factory on January 23rd

On a foggy, cold January morning twenty-seven CREST members were swept away by coach for a fascinating talk and tour of the famous factory which was founded in 1922 to offer employment and support to wounded ex-servicemen.

We learned how, in World War One, explosions, trench and grave digging brought dormant Corn Poppy seeds to the surface and gave colour and beauty to the war zones. After the war John McCrae's poem 'In Flanders Field' inspired men and women from all over the world to work together to make the poppy the symbol of remembrance that we all recognise today.

Poppy Factory

In the factory we saw how poppies, crosses and wreaths are made, chatted to some of the 35 employees, and even had a go at making a poppy ourselves. Work continues all year to supply the British Legion with enough poppies and wreaths for the annual Remembrance Day services in November and this includes wreaths laid by the royal family.

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Lunch was fine fare at Pembroke Lodge, where, for a while, the fog lifted to reveal beautiful Richmond Park, and a few hardy members enjoyed a walk in the grounds.