Oxford Spires club bought 5,000 bulbs in September 2010 to plant as part of the Focus on the Crocus campaign, run by Rotary in Great Britain and Ireland (RIBI). We planted crocuses at three sites and, kept our fingers crossed, hoping to see three fantastic displays of flowers in February.
See the article in the Oxford Mail about our planting on 9th and 10th October 2010 at Helen & Douglas House and at Cholsey Primary School.
We also planted at the Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust (BBOWT) Sutton Courtney Environmental Education Centre, Milton Park on Saturday 23rd October. Yet again we were lucky to have a dry sunny day and although it was a smaller group of volunteers we had fun planting the bulbs at the entrance to the Education Centre, around the new car park. A few bulbs were also planted around Dennis the Dinosaur, so hopefully he’ll approve of the colour in the Spring.
Throughout RIBI over the next few months, Rotary clubs will be embarking on a mass planting of purple crocuses on available spaces in order to raise the profile of Rotary, highlight Rotary’s campaign to eradicate polio and serve as a lasting reminder of Rotary’s achievements. The hope is that the crocuses will all be in flower for Rotary Day on 23rd February 2011.
End Polio Now is a key part of Rotary’s programme of international activities and Rotarians have been working hard for over 20 years towards finally eradicating this disease from the planet. The work has involved fundraising, training of health care workers and mass immunisation programmes in the countries most affected. Rotary has also worked with governments wherever possible to commit financial and other resources to polio eradication. The removal of polio from the planet is now an achievable prospect thanks to many years of hard work from Rotarians across the world.
The purple flowers represent the colour of ink dabbed on a child’s little finger to indicate they have been immunised against polio.