Friends of Hove Park ask for help planting 5,000 bulbs

Posted On 25 Oct 2016 at 1:19 pm

The Friends of Hove Park are asking for volunteers to help to plant 5,000 purple crocus bulbs on Friday (28 October).

The bulbs are being planted as part of the Purple4Polio campaign, an initiative involving the Royal Horticultural Society and Rotary. It aims to raise awareness and help eliminate polio from the world.

The purple crocus is a symbol of Rotary’s worldwide campaign to eradicate polio – the colour represents the purple dye used to mark the finger of a child who has been immunised.

The Friends of Hove Park and gardeners from Brighton and Hove City Council want volunteers from different parts of the community to join them as they support this national event.

Helpers who can spare even just an hour are asked to turn up at the café in Hove Park at 10am on Friday – and bring a trowel if they have one.

The bulbs will be planted at the bottom of the Droveway, just down from Legal and General and the Bilingual Primary School inside the railway loop.

Planting is expected to finish at around 12.30pm.

 There are just a few days left to join the Big Conversation and have your say in the future of parks and open spaces in the city. Visit
Paper copies of the consultation are also available. The deadline is also on Friday (28 October).

 Supporters of a park and children’s play area in one of the most deprived parts of Brighton is also after help. The Friends of Farm Green, in Bevendean, is asking the public to back its campaign to win funding from a community scheme run by financial services firm Aviva. To find out more and vote, visit

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