23rd Sep, 2020

Redditch Rotarians plant the town firmly in the record books

REDDITCH is officially amazing after the town entered the annals for a Guinness World Record for Most Bulbs Planted in One Hour.

In an event orqanised by Redditch Kingfisher Rotary last October 13 at a rain drenched Arrow Valley Park, people came together to set the new world record, all in support of Rotary’s global Polio eradication campaign.

Lead organisar Amanda Watkin said: “The heartfelt thanks of Redditch Kingfisher Rotary go to everyone who stepped up to the plate to help on the day and particularly to the 100 people who got down on their hands and knees in the mud to plant the record breaking 12,864 crocus corms.

“Participants included individuals, youth-based and other organisations, as well as local families and members of Rotary.

“The amount of evidence that had to be produced for Guinness to accept our entry was huge, but we have finally received the official confirmation of this Guinness World Record – a magnificent achievement for all who took part!”

The record was set by meeting a challenge to plant more than 12,000 crocus bulbs in under one hour.

In the end the target was smashed after just 47 minutes.

At the time Amanda 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.”

To celebrate the Rotarians will be holding an online Zoom-in on Tuesday, June 23 at 6.30pm.

To find out how people can get involved in supporting communities here in Redditch or overseas through Rotary International, simply register at https://tinyurl.com/GWR-Celebration or email hello@redditchkingfisherrotary.org.

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