Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Plant a bulb and help a child - Focus on Crocus in Nairn

News from Nairn's contribution to the Focus on Crocus initiative:
Members of the Rotary Club of Nairn and the gardening enthusiasts of “Keeping Nairnshire Colourful” will be getting together in Nairn on Saturday 2nd October to participate in the World's Largest Bulb Planting, in the hope of making it into the Guinness Book of Records. They have 10,000 purple crocuses to plant in Nairn. Voluntary organisations and groups, and residents of Nairn, are invited to come and spend some time on Saturday morning helping to plant the bulbs.
This bulb-planting event is part of a nationwide initiative involving Rotary Clubs, the Eden Project, and many other organisations, who will be planting hundreds of thousands of crocuses across the UK during October.

The aim is to add some colour to Nairn’s springtime flower displays, and to draw attention to Rotary's "Thanks for Life" campaign, a worldwide initiative in partnership with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to eradicate the scourge of polio from the world.
The colour purple has been chosen because when the Rotary and World Health Organisation teams carry out vaccinations, the little finger of each child is dipped in a purple dye so that people can tell who has been immunised and who has not.

A dose of vaccine for a child costs 20p. The planting teams in Nairn will be inviting donations of 50p or £1 for each bag of bulbs. Next spring, the roadsides and flowerbeds of Nairn should be ablaze with colour - and the beautiful purple crocuses will be a reminder that as well as making Nairn colourful, we are helping to rid the world of one of its most crippling diseases.

Everyone interested in participating is invited to assemble at the Nairn cemetery gates at 10 am on Saturday 2nd October. The planting will be alongside the Grantown Road, and also by the flowerbeds along the A96 opposite Duncan Drive. There will also be an opportunity during October to contribute to crocus bulb-planting at the Nairn Community Centre.
Bring your wellies, come and help plant some bulbs, make Nairn look good and be part of a world record!

1 comment:

growtosow said...

yes please come along the more the better. bring some more colour too nairn and help a good cause at the same time.