Knowle Royal British Legion’s Poppy Filled Hanging Basket

Last weekend, Visit Knowle delivers their latest hanging basket to Knowle British Legion.

Ken Mackay, Knowle Royal British Legion Club Chairman said “I’m absolutely delighted to receive this beautiful Poppy Basket on behalf of the Legion and I would like to sincerely thank all the crafters who knitted the poppies. We are very proud to have this display ahead of Remembrance Day”.

Throughout the summer, over 20 crafters have been busy creating knitted (and crocheted) flowers, leaves, butterflies and even compost for a series of hanging baskets around the Knowle. In addition to this, there have also been donations of flowers from local knitting groups and from members of the women’s section of the Royal British Legion. Every basket is unique, not just because of the many different varieties of flowers, but because of special features linked to the business it’s going to. However, in preparation for Remembrance Day, the design for the Royal British Legion was kept simple, filled with just beautiful red poppies.

Kim Hulse, Marketing Manager for Visit Knowle said “It’s been a delight working with our team of knitters over the last six months, It’s a pleasure to see the variety of flowers created with such care and the imagination of some of our knitters who are able to create features such as knitted bottles of nail varnish or pairs of scissors is astounding!  Each basket involves hours and hours of work and the feedback we receive from members of the public makes it all worthwhile”.

The knitted hanging basket project was inspired by M&G Designs, a traditional needlecraft shop in Louth, Lincolnshire. The owner Gary organised a similar campaign eight years ago, creating fabulous knitting baskets for everyone to enjoy and he was happy to share his ideas and tips on the best way to build the baskets.

We now have 12 hanging baskets around the centre of Knowle, with many more in the pipeline. Crafters wanting to get involved can find out how by emailing

Image: Kim Hulse from Visit Knowle presenting a Poppy Basket to Ken Mackay, Sally Warren and Linda Berry of Knowle Royal British Legion

Royal British Legion volunteers standing with representative of Visit Knowle with a knitted basket full of red poppies