Each year, hundreds of volunteers help to plant more than 120,000 tributes across the UK in six Royal British Legion Fields of Remembrance.
Row upon row of tributes with their scarlet poppies, personal messages and photographs help bring home why Remembrance continues to be such an important and personal event. It also shows that we will never forget the sacrifice made by so many on our behalf.
The tradition of planting a Field of Remembrance started in 1928, when The Poppy Factory took a group of disabled veterans, a tray of poppies and a collecting tin to the grounds of St Margaret’s church, Westminster. The men gathered around an original wooden cross that had been planted there, taken from the battlefield grave of an unknown British soldier. Some of the men began to push poppies into the ground, curious passers-by stopped to ask questions and before long they began buying and planting poppies of their own – creating the very first Field of Remembrance.
The Field continued in this way until 1931, when one of The Poppy Factory team came up with the idea of selling small wooden crosses with a poppy at the centre of each – the little Remembrance cross that is still planted to this day.
We would be delighted if you would like to visit the Field and view the tributes planted in the field in memory of the fallen.
The Field of Remembrance at the National Memorial Arboretum will be open to the public this year from Monday 5 November 2018 until Sunday 18 November 2018.Read more