Beavers, cubs and scouts plant 8,000 crocus bulbs as part of ‘Purple4Polio’ initiative

Date: 10th Oct 2019 Author: Jane THOMSON

You may have noticed some bulb planting activity around the scout hut and at other sites around Westhill recently.

amazon crocus planting 2019

Westhill Beavers, Cubs and Scouts have been taking part in Rotary Great Britain and Ireland’s Purple4Polio initiative, which looks to raise funds and awareness of their efforts to eradicate polio across the world and promote the work of their global campaign, “End Polio Now.”

When a child receives their life saving polio drops on mass polio immunisation days in many countries their little finger is painted with a purple dye so it is clear they have received their life saving vaccine.

Rotary use purple crocus planting by community groups as an engagement activity to raise awareness.

Westhill Scout Group have had 8,000 bulbs to plant and last week Amazon Beavers helped plant a great number in a sloped area beside the scout hut which should bloom in the shape of the scouting fleur-de-lis emblem⚜️

A second area has also been planted around the new Sculpture by the A944 roundabout. Westwood Scouts assisted Rotarians with this large circle of planted bulbs.

Planting was also undertaken by our youngsters by the Tim Baillie Paddle sculpture by Westhill Drive. 

Participation increases our youngsters knowledge and awareness of polio and other countries, whilst the planting contributes towards a variety of badges.

We will look forward to seeing the fruits of their efforts in the spring when the flowers bloom. 

Put your phone down and what are you left with? Just teamwork, courage and the skills to succeed.’
Bear Grylls, Chief Scout Bear Grylls