Purple flowers bloom in Chipping Sodbury in campaign to wipe out polio

March 27 2017

CROCUSES planted in public spaces around Chipping Sodbury to help raise awareness of a global campaign to end polio have started to bloom.

CROCUSES planted in public spaces around Chipping Sodbury to help raise awareness of a global campaign to end polio have started to bloom.

Some 12,000 spring bulbs were planted last autumn by Chipping Sodbury Rotary Club and the Sodbury in Bloom team, with the help of hundreds of schoolchildren. The flowers are now creating colourful displays, including at the Smarts Green roundabout on the east of the town.

The Rotary movement has long been involved with efforts to eradicate polio and the programme to wipe it out has been successful, with the disease remaining in just Pakistan and Afghanistan. It said purple crocuses were chosen for planting as the colour symbolised the purple marker used on a child’s finger to confirm their vaccination against the disease.  

 As the same time as the bulbs were planted in Chipping Sodbury, the Rotary club collected money for the End Polio Now campaign, which has match-funding support from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.