Pupils’ bulb planting helps focus on polio
Pupils from an Aberdeenshire school got their hands dirty yesterday as they helped a Rotary club plant thousands of crocuses to raise awareness of polio.
The youngsters from Kellands School joined a group of Inverurie Rotarians to plant the corms in the grounds of the town’s medical centre yesterday afternoon.
Jim McColl, long-serving host of BBC Scotland’s The Beechgrove Garden, was also on hand to join in the gardening fun.
The purple crocus planting scheme is part of a world-wide Rotary club initiative to rid the world of polio and is backed by the Bill Gates Foundation.
The flowers are a worldwide representation of the purple dye that is used to colour the little fingers of those who receive vaccinations against the infectious and potentially deadly condition.
DIGGING IN: Pupil Archie Davidson with Jim McColl, Kellands pupils and Inverurie Rotary Club members.