The poppy has been a symbol of Remembrance for nearly 100 years, a symbol of the sacrifices made by our Armed Forces, both at times of war and in their peacekeeping duties. 

The poppy is also at the very heart of the Scottish Poppy Appeal which raises the funds needed to support the Armed Forces community living in Scotland.

Why the poppy?

The poppy became the symbol of Remembrance for those who gave their lives in war. It was inspired by the famous poem, In Flanders Fields, written during the First World War by Lt Colonel John McCrae.

Find out more about the history of the poppy.

Who makes the poppies?

The poppies for the Scottish Poppy Appeal are produced every year by Lady Haig’s Poppy Factory in Edinburgh. The Factory employs ex-Servicemen and women to hand-assemble 4 million poppies and over 12,000 wreaths each year.

Find out more about Lady Haig’s Poppy Factory.

What poppies do you have?

Two varieties are available – a plastic-stemmed poppy and a stick-on poppy. 

Why don't your poppies have a green leaf?

The Scottish poppy was designed by Lady Haig, wife of Field Marshal Haig, in 1926 when she opened a factory in Scotland to meet demand for poppies – now known as Lady Haig’s Poppy Factory. She decided to go with a more botanically correct poppy - sans leaf - than is used elsewhere.

What is the Scottish Poppy Appeal?

The Scottish Poppy Appeal is Scotland’s largest annual street collection and is held in late October and early November each year.  We organise it with the support of nearly 10,000 volunteer Area Organisers and collectors. Since its inception in 1921, the Poppy Appeal has always had a dual purpose – to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice and to raise money for those who have been left disadvantaged by their time in Service. Over four million poppies a year are distributed across Scotland to raise funds for the Armed Forces community.

How much money do you raise?

The 2019 Scottish Poppy Appeal raised £2.95 million, but last year we spent more than £3.2 million supporting the Armed Forces community.  With the demands on our services increasing, we need to raise even more this year.

Where does the money go?

We use the money raised to provide support to the Armed Forces community in six key areas: Financial Support, Advice, Employment, Mobility, Housing and Mental Health. You can find out more about each of these areas here.  All money raised in Scotland is spent in Scotland. 

Do you just help veterans from the World Wars?

We help all members of the Armed Forces community including those who have Served, those still Serving and their families. We also help Reservists and some members of the Merchant Navy. Find out more about who we help here.

What’s the difference between Poppyscotland and Legion Scotland?

Legion Scotland (The Royal British Legion Scotland) is a separate but closely-linked charity, which is responsible for social welfare and ceremonial activities. Approximately a third of the Scottish Poppy Appeal volunteers come from Legion Scotland branches. We also fund a Pensions Advice Service run by Legion Scotland.

Why is there a separate charity running the Poppy Appeal in Scotland?

In the beginning, the Scottish Poppy Appeal was independent from The Royal British Legion’s (TRBL) appeal in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.  However, in June 2011 we merged with TRBL to create the UK’s largest charity group supporting the Armed Forces community, expanding resources and reach of both. We operate as a distinct charity within the TRBL group and continue to run the Scottish Poppy Appeal. Find out more about our history, the work we do and how the collaboration with TRBL works here.

What else do you do?

Our activities fall into two main categories - supporting the Armed Forces community and raising funds to continue supporting the Armed Forces community. More information on what we do to support those who served and those who continue to serve can be found here. To pay for that support, we have fundraising activities year-round and a number of ways people can get involved. To find out more or to get involved click here.

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