The Royal British Legion’s 2014 Real Poppy Project had received backing from Prime Minister David Cameron and the Prince of Wales.
Western Front Association chairman Bruce Simpson has urged the Heritage Lottery Fund to rethink its decision claiming he “cannot understand the thinking behind it”.
“It is all very well to have unusual, diverse projects going on, but they should not be in place of ones like this, which seem to be at the absolute core of what the commemorations should be about.
“The poppy is such a symbol of the war and this seemed such a classical project,” Mr Simpson told the Daily Telegraph.
Conservative MP for Dartford Gareth Johnson, whose great-grandfather perished in the conflict, is “astonished and dismayed” by the decision.
He said Mr Cameron has made it clear this is exactly the sort of project which should be supported.
“I very much hope it will, in due course, reconsider what I believe was an ill-judged decision by them and they can find some way to support this very worthwhile campaign,” Mr Johnson told the newspaper.
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