There will be a display of 4,000 purple crocuses in Woodlands Park, Gravesend next Spring thanks to the Rotary Club of Gravesend assisted by pupils from St George’s Church of England School and Gravesham Borough Council.
The flowers will not be there just to look pretty: they will symbolise the efforts of Rotary clubs around the world to eradicate polio everywhere. Purple is the colour adopted by the campaign and the crocus is its symbol.
The End Polio Now campaign has been so successful that now polio is endemic in only two countries: Pakistan and Afghanistan. Everywhere else it has been eradicated. This success was celebrated recently by floodlighting the Gravesend clocktower purple.