Rotary Club plants 5,000 crocus bulbs in Mallow Castle

The Rotary Club of Mallow planted 5,000 crocus bulbs in the grounds of Mallow Castle last week, with the help of local schools and Mallow Tidy Towns. Pictured are Rotary and Tidy Towns members with pupils from Gaelscoil Thomais Daibhis who braved very wet weather conditions to plant bulbs.

Rotary International has a multi-annual global campaign to support the Polio Eradication Programme. The crocus flower was chosen by Rotary, as the purple colour of the crocus matches the dye painted on the little fingers of children worldwide to show that they have been immunised. Each Rotary branch undertakes to plant crocuses, in addition to other visibility activities. Mallow Rotary purchased 5,000 crocus bulbs and donated them to plant. The money raised by the purchase goes to Rotary International towards the eradication of polio.
Cork Co. Council supported the planting of the crocuses as part of their wild flower cover area near Mallow Castle. Mallow Tidy Towns generously provided volunteers for the crocus planting last Friday at the Castle. In a fine example of community spirit, and in the face of dampish weather, two primary schools, Convent Primary and Gaelscoil Thomáis Dáibhís, assisted in the bulb planting, and got suitably muddy in the process!! Great fun was had by all during this most worthy activity. The event was organised by John Casey of Mallow Rotary and Mallow Tidy Towns.