Planting frenzy as residents join Rotary to get Redditch into the record books - The Redditch Standard

Planting frenzy as residents join Rotary to get Redditch into the record books

Redditch Editorial 17th Oct, 2019   0

REDDITCH Kingfisher Rotary Club is on the verge of setting a new Guinness World Record after planting more than 12,000 crocus bulbs in just 47 minutes.

The incredible effort, which saw 100 people getting their hands dirty at Arrow Valley Park, will only be considered an ‘official record’ once it has been confirmed by Guinness’s judicators.

However that didn’t stop participants, some as young as eight-years-old, celebrating once they realised they’d met their target of 12,000 bulbs in under one hour.

Rotary Club project leader, Amanda Watkin, said: “We were told we had to plant at least 5,000 for a new record to even be considered.

“And while we don’t have an exact number yet, we can confirm that more than 12,000 purple crocus bulbs were planted.

“It was fantastic to see so many families getting involved on the day, it showed real community spirit.”

Many of the participants, split into teams of two, planted 240 bulbs within 30 minutes.

The event also raised awareness for Rotary’s ‘End Polio Now’ campaign, which aims eradicate the disease completely.

Purple crocuses are a symbol of Rotary Clubs worldwide as they symbolise the purple dye put on those inoculated against polio, one of the causes supported by Rotary International.

Mayor of Redditch Councillor Roger Bennett, who helped on the day, said: “It’s a great achievement for our town.

“Well done everyone.”


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