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Purple for Polio – Planting with Schools

A lovely afternoon in the winter sun we planted 5000 purple crocus corms that had bene kindly dontated by the Edmonton Rotarty Club as part of their ongoing “End Polio Now” campaign

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November 2017 – 5000 Crocus Corms planted in Firs Farm

The Friends of Firs Farm with Winchmore & Palmers Green High Schools and other visitors  planted five thousand purple crocus corms in aid of the ‘End Polio Now’ campaign. This is a global initiative supported by both Rotary and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation with the aim of eradicating polio forever.

The crocus bulbs are purple and are “Ruby Giant” which grow up to 10 cm. Purple colour dye is placed on the little finger on the left hand of a child to show they have been immunised against polio. With millions of children to vaccinate, this makes it easier to see who has been protected and who has not.

Seven million purple crocus corms have been planted across the UK to create awareness of eradication of Polio.

2016 there were a thousand children with polio of which 37 were new reported cases from the following endemic countries: Pakistan 20 Afghanistan 13 Nigeria 4

In 2017 14 new cases reported: Pakistan 5 Afghanistan 9 Nigeria 0

Remember to return in the spring when the plants are flowering from as early as January through to end of March. Choose a sunny day when the flowers will open fully; on dull days they won’t look quite so impressive. They will remind us all of the work being done to eradicate Polio.

Thank you for planting “Purple 4 Polio with the Friends of Firs Farm 

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