Remembrance poppies, wreaths and symbols

Since 1922, The Poppy Factory has offered veterans with mental and physical health conditions a supportive place of employment, making poppies, wreaths and other Remembrance products.

Our factory is based in Richmond upon Thames and has 22 Production workers and two special wreath makers. They make around 100,000 wreaths and 250 Royal and special wreaths each year.

Alex, Production team member, making Remembrance wreaths

As well as making individual poppies, our first workers quickly established a tradition of making Remembrance wreaths for The Royal British Legion and the Royal Family. We are proud to continue fulfilling our role in this important tradition.

Our original workforce was made up of former soldiers who had been wounded in the First World War. Today, our factory employs veterans who have served in more recent conflicts, along with dependents of veterans who have physical and mental health conditions. Some of our Production team members have worked at the factory for over 40 years.

Our work today

Today, our work as a charity extends far beyond the factory to reach ex--Forces communities across England and Wales. We help veterans with health conditions on their journey into all kinds of employment, helping them overcome any barriers.

Four out of five of the veterans we work with have a mental health condition. Whatever their situation, and whatever they are going through, our employment team is on hand to offer one-to-one support.

Our employment support is available to anyone who has served for one day or more in the Armed Forces or Reserves, and has any kind of physical or mental health condition.

Find out more here.