Thousands of knitted poppies planted for slain soldiers

A sea of hand-knitted red poppies is being planted at Perth’s Kings Park ahead of Remembrance Day on Sunday.

The creations have been knitted by an army of volunteers over the last 18 months.

No single poppy is the same and each flower takes hours to make.

More than 62,000 will be planted near the WA War Memorial before Sunday, to mark the Australian soldiers who died in World War One.

Premier Mark McGowan joined volunteers to start planting the flowers this morning.

“The tragedy of the First World War was immense – 62,000 young men killed,” he said.

“To plant these 62,000 poppies here on the 100th anniversary is a fitting tribute to those who’ve lost their lives.”