5000 crocus bulbs planted in Chelmsford for World Polio Day

November 24, 2021 10:19 AM

Purple crocusA swathe of purple crocuses will appear in Chelmsford's Central Park next spring. The bulbs were donated by the Chelmsford Rivermead Rotary Club in recognition of World Polio Day and were planted by the Mayor of Chelmsford, Cllr Jude Deakin, and representatives from the Rotary Club.

Help was given by the Council's parks team, who prepared the flowerbed. The arc-shaped planting area is near the park's tennis courts, just before you reach the railway viaducts when walking towards Admirals Park from the lake.

The purple crocus planting is a joint campaign with the RHS. The colour of the crocuses represents the purple dye used to mark a child's finger to indicate they have received their polio vaccine.

Mayor Jude Deakin said,"Vaccinations, as we have seen over the past year, can change the course of illnesses which destroy lives. Thank you to Chelmsford Rivermead Rotary Club for this kind donation, which will both brighten Central Park next spring and brighten lives across the world by funding life-saving polio vaccinations."