Elford Hall Garden goes Purple4Polio

A date for your diary – 17th November at 10am

When I received the email from the RHS announcing their intention to link up with the Rotary Club of Great Britain to promote the idea of planting purple crocuses, it seemed like a good idea for the walled garden to get involved.  

The Rotary Club of GB has been raising funds for a long time in an effort to eradicate polio worldwide.   They have met with great success and this years’ Purple for Polio Campaign is an effort to raise the profile of the campaign by planting purple crocuses across the nation.   The purple is significant in that it is the colour of the dye they use to mark children’s fingers once they have been immunised.   The cause is well worthy of support – the eradication of polio worldwide is a great aim – and the chance of an annual spring-time reminder of the good work being done seemed too good to miss!

Having talked the idea through with our volunteers, their enthusiasm led to the purchase of 10,000 crocus bulbs with a further 5000 being ordered by our Parish Council.   At the walled garden, we have a line of 18 almond trees planted alongside a path.   We have decided to plant our crocuses in a river weaving around these trees and then wait patiently until spring to see the fruits of our labour!

COME ALONG AND HELP OUT IN A GOOD CAUSE.   Our chosen planting day will be November 17th (weather permitting) and we hope to start planting at 10am.   It will be great if lots of volunteers, Friends of the Walled Garden and other villagers turn up to help out with the planting.   If you can come along, then a garden fork will be useful!   Many hands make light work so with luck, planting should be done relatively quickly.

Not only will we be supporting a worthy cause but we will be blessed by a display of cheerful colour every spring.