LOCAL Scouts, Cubs and Guides have helped the Rotary Club of Lyme Regis plant 4,000 crocus bulbs in Langmoor Gardens.
The bulbs were planted as part of the Rotary’s Purple4Polio campaign, helping to raise funds and awareness to eradicate polio around the world.
Thanks to permission from the town council, the flower bed near the main entrance of the gardens will now become a sea of purple, representing the colour of the dye used on children’s fingers to show they have been vaccinated against the disease.
The Rotary Club had hoped to hold a community planting day on Saturday, October 26 but atrocious weather meant the event had to be postponed until the following day, when members were joined by members of the 1st Lym Valley Scout Group and Lyme Regis Guides.
Rotarian Richard Main commented: “Everyone joined in with great enthusiasm and helped make it a happy occasion. Importantly, there were enough helping hands to enable us to complete the planting of over 4000 bulbs by lunchtime.
“Our endeavours attracted the attention of passers-by, increased awareness of Purple4Polio and attracted donations. Many thanks to all who took part, and a big thank you to Lyme Regis Town Council for giving us the space to plant the bulbs.
“All we have to do now is wait for the spring!”
For every £1 that Rotary raises for its Purple4Polio campaign, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation donates a further £2 to the cause. This will go towards eradicating polio from Pakistan and Afghanistan – the only two countries where there are still some cases of polio.