Purple patch for Kings Hill
Kings Hill will be a sea of purple crocuses next Spring with plans to plant over 2,000 bulbs to raise money for charity.
It is part of the ‘Focus on the Crocus’ campaign to eradicate polio worldwide which is spearheaded by Rotary International, working with the Eden Project, the International Flower Bulb Centre, the National Trust and Learning Through Landscape.
The variety being planted is Ruby Giant, a purple crocus which represents the colour of the dye dabbed on children’s little fingers to indicate that they have been immunised against polio in the few remaining parts of the globe where it is still prevalent.
The aim is to get as many individuals and organisations as possible to sponsor or buy a bulb and take part in a mass planting in October. Planting has been carefully timed so that the bulbs will be in full flower for Rotary Day on 23 February next year and the organisers are hoping to break the Guinness World Record for the most people planting at the same time, which currently stands at 331.
One thousand bulbs have been donated by the new Kings Hill Rotary Club with a further 1,000 provided by Kings Hill developer Liberty Property Trust UK Ltd. They will be planted on the roundabout at the junction of Kings Hill Avenue and Tower View, close to the main entrance off the A228.
Coblands Landscapes, which looks after the grounds at Kings Hill, is planting the bulbs for free and Liberty has provided the space as well as a number of bulbs.
“It is such a good cause and the sea of purple will look stunning in the spring and provide a cheery welcome to Kings Hill,” said Tracey Lev’y, Liberty’s senior property manager. “We are delighted to be able to help this cause and play a part in eradicating this terrible disease.”