Iconic symbol has make-over as Mayor shows his support to the Poppy appeal

The Mayor of Kirklees Councillor Cahal Burke is supporting this year’s Poppy Appeal with the iconic symbol being developed for the first time in 28 years.

Communities throughout Kirklees will come together on Armistice Day and Remembrance Sunday on 12 November to remember those who have given their lives in conflicts.

The 2023 poppy has been re-developed and is now recyclable as the Royal British Legion aims to be more sustainable and reduce its impact on the environment.

Kirklees Mayor Cllr Burke said:

“I want to praise the unwavering work by the Royal British Legion which continues to support armed forces personnel, veterans, and their families.

“To wear a poppy not only symbolises that we will not forget those who made the ultimate sacrifice but a commitment to continue to assist those needing both physical and mental support from conflicts, as well as their families.

“Please give generously when donating and help the Royal British Legion carry on providing their invaluable support to those who need it.”

Changes to the Poppy

The new plastic-free poppy is created from red and green paper, which has been produced from renewable fibres from responsible sources, 50 percent of which has been recovered from the waste used in the production of coffee cups.  

To assess the environmental impact of the new poppy, and ensure its sustainability, the RBL worked with experts at University College London. 

Royal British Legion Support

The Royal British Legion supports members of the Royal Navy, British Army, Royal Air Force, veterans, and their families.

By supporting the Poppy Appeal and donating you will be helping the RBL support those in need within the Armed Forces community. To find out more about the Poppy Appeal click here