On Saturday 28th October, Rotary in Maidenhead organised a co-ordinated planting of purple crocus corms by our three clubs across various prominent sites in Maidenhead.
Rotary has been at the forefront of a campaign to eradicate polio and planting crocus corms is part of the 'Purple for Polio' campaign which is to draw attention to the ongoing polio vaccination efforts around the globe. Purple represents the colour each child receives on their finger to indicate they have been vaccinated.
Our Club agreed to plant the corms at the Rotary sign on the Bath Road at Thicket Corner, and by the Rotary polio sign next to the steps at Maidenhead library.
Foundation Chair Sean Egan was happy with the results. He said “I’m immensely grateful to Frank Knowles, Pat Moore, Cathie Lodge, Pat Lattimer, Matthew Burdett and his daughter Isabella, for volunteering to help plant the 4,000 corms! As they say: ‘Many hands make light work’, and the glorious October sunshine and soft ground made the occasion really pleasant.
“We hope that we’ll see a fantastic display of purple crocuses next Spring, and remind the public of Rotary’s ongoing efforts to eradicate polio.”