Minster crocuses signify battle to eradicate polio

PUBLISHED: 11:00 02 April 2016

Axminster Rotary Club’s incoming foundation officer Don Waterhouse admires the blooms

Axminster Rotary Club’s incoming foundation officer Don Waterhouse admires the blooms

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Some 5,000 crocuses planted on The Minster Green at Axminster are blooming – a symbol of a successful worldwide healthcare project.

The bulbs were put in last November, the result of a combined effort by Axminster Horticultural Society, residents and members of the town’s rotary club.

The purple crocus is synonymous with the efforts of Rotary International to globally eradicate polio.

The flower bears the same purple colour that is used to paint on the fingers of children who have been immunised against the disease.

Since making the pledge in 1985 to stamp out polio, Rotary International, working in partnership with health agencies, has brought the number of cases down by 99 per cent.

Axminster Rotarian Malcolm Reynolds said: “The planting of crocuses is one way we remind ourselves 
and demonstrate the final push to eliminate the disease.”

To find out more about Axminster Rotary Club, call Malcolm Reynolds on 07718 942691 or visit the website at www.rotaryclubofaxminster.co.uk


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