Look out for the Purple Crocus’s springing up in February

Haslington Rotary Club have sponsored the planting of 5000 Crocus purple bulbs at locations all round the village by :-

  • The Goslings Pre-school group -Winterley
  • Pine Lodge Crech and Day Nursery
  • Haslington Primary School
  • The Dingle Primary School
  • Haslington Toddler Group (Yoxall)
  • Yoxall Hall planting scheme ( Brownies, beavers, etc
  • The Croft Pre-school group (Gutterscroft )
  • Shavington Toddler Group
  • Haslington Conservation group

This project is part of a countrywide campaign by Rotary clubs to plant 4,600,000 crocus’s to raise awareness of their efforts to eradicate Polio .

Why Purple ? well this is the colour of the dye that is used to mark the finger of each child that receives immunisation .

As of 30 September, Rotarians throughout the world have raised US$ 147 million for Rotary’s US$200 Million Challenge and these funds will be matched by $355 million in challenge grants received from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The resulting $555 million will directly support immunization in the four countries where it remains a serious problem .ie Afghanistan, India ,Pakistan and Nigeria.

The photograph shows Rotarians lead by President Richard Hovey, and project coordinators Jan Lewis and Jean Kirk , planting the final few bulbs on the public space behind Shelbourne Ave.

(Chris Boardman – Haslington Rotary Club)