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Knitted poppies on trees at Coventry War Memorial Park

Poppy on a tree in Coventry's War Memorial Park
Image caption In July Prince William dedicated the park as a WW1 Centenary Field, the first of 500 areas to be get special status

Hundreds of knitted poppies have been attached to trees in a memorial park in Coventry.

Members of the city's Women's Institute (WI) have knitted 600 poppies for the city's War Memorial Park.

Jo Byrne, from the Earlsdon WI, said: "We've put these around trees to help people to think of what the past has given them."

The park opened in July 1921 as a tribute to the soldiers from the city who died in World War I.

In July, Prince William dedicated the park as a Centenary Field, the first of 500 areas to be awarded special status to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Great War.

War Memorial Park

  • Was built on what was once part of Styvechale common
  • Opened in 1921
  • The war memorial, which is 90ft (27m) high, was dedicated in 1927
  • It is the largest park in Coventry
  • There are landscaped gardens and sports areas
  • It hosts the annual Godiva Festival

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