What started as a heartfelt personal tribute has become a beautiful global movement.
In 2013, Lynn Berry and Margaret Knight set out to crochet a humble 120 poppies to ‘plant’ at the Shrine of Remembrance in Melbourne for Remembrance Day in honour of their fathers who both fought in WWII.
Since then nearly one million poppies have been handcrafted by 50,000 contributors across the globe and used in major installations in Australia and Europe.
5000 Poppies installation at the Shrine of Remembrance in Melbourne. Source: 5000 Poppies.
5000 Poppies has created installations at Australia’s Parliament House in Canberra, the Shrine of Remembrance and Federation Square in Melbourne, the Melbourne Flower and Garden Show, RHS Chelsea Flower Show in London, Cobbers Memorial in Fromelles, France, and many more sites across Australia and Europe.
5000 Poppies installation at Australia’s Parliament House in Canberra. Source: 5000 Poppies.
The project has become an international tribute of respect and remembrance to those who have served in all wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations. It has sparked a massive community outpouring with contributors of all ages, backgrounds and cultures. Lynn and Margaret are always keen to receive more poppies for future installations and you can contribute using the patterns and submission details here.
Some of the project's many contributors and incredible volunteers. Source: 5000 Poppies.
This ANZAC Day the 5000 Poppies project will feature at Flemington Racecourse with over 40,000 handcrafted poppies installed on the Front Lawn. Racegoers will have the opportunity to plant a poppy themselves, and for every poppy planted on ANZAC Day Raceday, the VRC will donate $2 to the ANZAC Appeal.
Raceday tickets will be available from the gates from 12:00pm. Complimentary admission will be provided to all current and returned servicemen and women - for more information click here. Kids 15 years and under receive free entry on all racedays.