Crocus planting with Oxford Rotaract at Restore

We had beautiful sunshine for our Sunday morning at Restore’s Manzil Way garden. Rada, our new Rotaract club president, had been in touch with Maya at Restore, so the trowels were waiting for us and we knew where to plant. Another team was working on a new footpath and there was a church service inside the cafe, so we not only had sunshine, but also some lovely music to accompany the digging.

We had a box of 4,000 crocus corms to plant. We were defeated in the end and didn’t quite plant them all, but there weren’t many left really. We bagged them up and a few of us took them home to plant in our own gardens.

Hopefully the garden will be a mass of purple in late February, and then we’ll put up a sign to remind people why they are there. This is all part of Rotary’s Purple 4 Polio campaign, raising awareness of Rotary’s ongoing End Polio Now efforts, working in partnership with the World Health Organisation, the US Center for Disease Control, UNICEF and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Our new Rotaract Club is not yet official but they have lots of ideas and activities and meetings lined up, and the group is gaining interest and new potential members all the time.

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To read more about polio eradication:

Rotary’s End Polio Now pages

The Global Polio Eradication Initiative

Rotary in Great Britain and Ireland polio news items

Rotary in the Thames Valley polio pages


all photos taken by Karen and Summer.