Fields of Remembrance
Remembrance tributes are planted in our Fields of Remembrance, with each tribute carrying a personal message to someone who lost their life in the Service of our country.
Each year, hundreds of volunteers help us to plant more than 120,000 tributes across six Fields of Remembrance in the UK.
Members of the public can make a Remembrance tribute to be planted in the fields, in the form of a religious or secular symbol carrying a poppy and a personal message to someone who lost their life in the Service of our country.
A Field of Remembrance is held annually in the grounds of Westminster Abbey, with further fields in the following locations:
- National Memorial Arboretum, Staffordshire
- Cardiff, Wales
- Royal Wootton Bassett, Swindon
- Belfast, Northern Ireland
- Gateshead, near Newcastle
We take great care and attention in planting thousands of personal Remembrance tributes to create each field. Row upon row of tributes with their scarlet poppies, personal messages and photographs bring home to all of us 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 very first Field of Remembrance was held in the grounds of Westminster Abbey in November 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 in Westminster. Only a handful of poppies were planted around a single cross, but it began a tradition that has grown over the decades.
A fitting tribute
Amanda Binnie, planted a cross in memory of her husband Sean who died while serving in Afghanistan. Amanda says that for her, the rituals of Remembrance are part of the healing process.
“They bring home how many people have lost their lives and how important it is that we never forget what they have done for this country.”Amanda Binnie
Visiting the fields
Each November, The Royal British Legion welcomes members of the public from across the UK to join us to honour and remember loved ones who we have sadly lost serving in our Armed Forces.
The Fields of Remembrance are officially opened with a special Remembrance service where we honour The Two Minute Silence at 11am. A bugler plays the Last Post and the Exhortation is read. All the fields are open during daylight hours. Please note that on 11 November (Armistice Day), they can be very crowded.
The Royal British Legion’s sister charity, Poppy Scotland, also organises Fields of Remembrance in Edinburgh and Inverness.
Please download our PDF for more information on visiting the Fields of Remembrance.