The Poppy Factory

The Poppy Factory


They’re one of our most potent and enduring emblems, inspired by John McCrae’s landmark poem In Flanders Fields, which tells of poppies growing in profusion on the desolate First World War battlegrounds. But have you ever wondered where these little plastic flowers were manufactured?

Probably not, yet there’s an interesting story to tell here as Chris Ledgard goes behind the scenes at the factory in Richmond, south-west London where, since 1925, ex-service men and women of all ages have made poppies, crosses and wreaths for the Remembrance commemoration. Recorded after RT went to press, this promises to be well worth a listen.


Chris Ledgard meets the former servicemen and women and their dependants who make remembrance poppies and wreaths at a factory in Richmond, Surrey, opened in 1922 by Maj George Howson, the founder of the Disabled Society. The presenter talks to Mr and Mrs King, who produce 5,000 poppies every week from their nearby home, while Caroline Plank describes how she was assisted by funds The Poppy Factory provided when she returned from eight months' service in Afghanistan. From 2011.

Cast & Crew

Presenter Chris Ledgard
Producer Chris Ledgard