Planting of Purple Crocus Corms

Tue 23rd October 2018 at 10.30 am - 12.30 pm

Crocus planting in Blackfell to acknowledge this year's World Polio Day.

To mark World Polio Day, members of Washington Forge Rotary, the Washington Clean & Green Team, and Keep Washington Tidy, joined forces to plant 5000 purple crocus corms in Blackfell Village. Rotary throughout Britain and Ireland is holding many 'Purple4Polio' events to raise awareness of the Rotary campaign to End Polio Now and forever. 

Purple is the colour of the dye placed on the little finger of a child to show that they have been immunised against polio, hence the name 'Purple4Polio'. With millions of children to vaccinate in the few countries still affected by the virus, this makes it easier to see who has been protected, and who has not. 
Since 1998, we have seen a worldwide reduction in polio cases of 99.9%. In 2017, only three countries saw cases of the wild polio virus - Afghanistan, Pakistan and Nigeria.
Hopefully next Spring will reveal a wonderful display of purple crocuses in Blackfell. #workingtogether#communities