Purple4Polio – Through darkness and rain, 1000 crocus corms were planted.

As part of the purplePurple4Polio campaign, Charlton Community Gardens linked with the national campaign of the Rotary.  Volunteers planted out 1000 purple crocus corms at the Fairfield Health Centre on the 12th November; a very wet morning, but our volunteers, undaunted, got the job done.

The ground was well prepared by another group of volunteers from GoodGym, who arrived on the evening of Wednesday 9th November as part of their planned run. In the dark they cleared the planting area in advance of the corm planters, before running off to complete their run.

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Thanks to everyone who contributed to the planting effort; organizers, planters, clearers and Health Centre staff who also opened up the centre for the damp volunteers to have a well earned tea, coffee and cake – generously provided by Mike, Jane and Judy.

Everyone will be able to see and admire the corms when they come up.  Hopefully local squirrels wont get to dig them all up and eat them, as we have a cunning plan to prevent this!!!!!

 

Clearing in the dark -GoodGym runners get stuck in

Clearing in the dark -GoodGym runners get stuck in

Our first round clearers from GoodGym

Our first round clearers from GoodGym

It was raining, but undaunted, our intrepid corm planting volunteers get the job done.

It was raining, but undaunted, our intrepid corm planting volunteers get the job done.

Warming up and drying out after planting 1,000 corms in the rain

Warming up and drying out after planting 1,000 corms in the rain

Help needed to plant 1000 purple crocus corms on 12th November – Purple 4 Polio

Can you help?

On Saturday 12th November between 9.30 and 11.30 we need volunteers to join us to plant 1000 crocuses at the Fairfield Health Centre. Fairfield Grove SE7. 

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This is part of the Purple4Polio campaign where Rotary have partnered with the RHS (Royal Horticultural Society) to plant 5 million purple crocus corms across the country this autumn. The purple crocus is a symbol of Rotary’s worldwide campaign to eradicate polio, with its colour representing the dye used to mark the finger of a child who has been immunized. 
For more information, see the link:     http://www.rotarygbi.org/what-we-do/purple4polio/
As the crocus are being planted at the Fairfield Health Centre volunteers registered at the practice are especially welcome, but  those of you who want to come and support the campaign please come and join us.

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If you are available to join us, please contact us ASAP by email at charltoncommunitygardens@gmail.com 

Lots of new faces at our family event…… some with orange eyes.

Although it was a little chilly under the awning at Charlton Station, fourteen children and their accompanying adults turned out to make bug hotels from newspaper and plastic bottles,  decorate pots  ready to plant up bulbs, do a quiz and make Halloween spiders.  Everyone was so busy that the plan to plant beans had to be abandoned.

Thanks to everyone who came.  We hope that you enjoyed the morning.  If you have any ideas for what you would like to do at future half-term events please get in touch.

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