Axminster set to enjoy a purple patch

PUBLISHED: 11:55 08 November 2016

Crocus planters on The Minster Green at Axminster

Crocus planters on The Minster Green at Axminster

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More than 5,000 crocuses planted on the Minster Green to symbolise the fight against polio

Axminster’s Minster Green is set to become a sea of purple next spring – highlighting a very worthy cause.

Local Rotarians, assisted by the town’s allotments and leisure gardeners, spent a busy Saturday afternoon planting 5,000 crocuses.

They will be a colourful reminder of the Rotary movement’s worldwide quest to eradicate polio. The campaign is called ‘Purple4Polio’ and purple is the colour used as the symbol of the project

For more than 30 years, Rotary and its members have been committed to fighting to eradicate polio across the world. The amount of polio-endemic countries has dropped from 125 to just two, with over 2.5 billion children receiving vaccinations thanks to their help.

The purple crocus is used to symbolise the campaign because it is the same colour as the dye used to mark the finger of a child who has been immunised.

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