On a wet and windy morning in Biggleswade, 2,500 purple crocus bulbs were planted at Jordans Mill as part of a campaign by Rotary International and Purple4Polio to raise awareness and funds for the global eradication of Polio.
Members of the public braved the weather to support the campaign and create a visual reminder of the importance of ridding the world of this devastating disease.
By lunchtime, the early rain cleared to make way for a beautiful sunny Autumn afternoon, with the remainder of the 2,500 bulbs being planted to conclude a successful day.
Representatives of the Rotary Club of Biggleswade Ivel and Jordans Mill joined members of the public in planting the crocus bulbs, and were on hand to speak to visitors about Polio and the Purple4Polio campaign, with an iron lung situated in the lobby at Jordans Mill providing a striking talking point.
Nicky Carlyle, Marketing Manager at Jordans Mill, who attended the crocus planting day with her three children, said: “Jordans Mill was delighted to support Rotary International’s campaign with Purple4Polio and it was fantastic to see lots of visitors and families planting the purple crocuses in our Mill Gardens.
“We are now very much looking forward to the spring when the bulbs will have bloomed to reveal a stunning show of purple providing a lasting reminder of the impact that Polio has on the countries in which it still remains, and why eradicating it is so important.”
As well as the crocus planting, visitors on Sunday were able to enjoy a special Teddy Bear Trail around the grounds of Jordans Mill with the chance of winning a giant purple teddy bear. Local girl Jessica Leonard, age 4, was the lucky winner of Boris Bear, who is now looking after him in his new home.