Martin Whitfield MSP has welcomed the launch of this year’s Scottish Poppy Appeal.

The launch of the 2023 campaign took place at the Scottish Parliament and was hosted by Presiding Officer Alison Johnstone.

This year, PoppyScotland have introduced a new plastic-free poppy, made entirely from paper, but maintaining the iconic four petal poppy design.

The change to plastic-free reinforces Poppyscotland’s drive to be more sustainable and reduce its impact on the environment, while ensuring that the poppy continues to be a national symbol of Remembrance for the service and sacrifices of the Armed Forces community.

Martin Whitfield MSP said: 

“I was delighted to see the Poppy Appeal launch take place at the Scottish Parliament this week. The parliament and MSPs always get behind the appeal and support it in communities across Scotland. 

“This year sees the introduction of PoppyScotland’s new paper-free poppy which will be more sustainable and less impactful on the environment. 

“It’s a welcome change and I’m sure people throughout South Scotland will continue to give the appeal their usual generous and enthusiastic support.”

Further details about this year’s appeal can be found at