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Town Council invite volunteers to dig out gardening gloves and get Newbury in Bloom for Purple4Polio



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Volunteers are being invited, by Newbury Town Council to get Newbury in bloom for Purple4Polio.

To further enhance the town's open spaces, the town council is inviting volunteers to get planting.

Not only is the planting a great way to stay active but it is in support of the Purple4Polio initiative created by the Rotary Club of Great Britain and Ireland.

Pretty purple crocuses are the flowers of choice for Blossoms Field in Wash Common, Old Hospital Green, City Recreation Ground and Walton Way play area.

The colour purple signifies the colour dye used on the little finger of a child who has received their life-saving polio drops on mass polio immunisation days, in many countries, which shows they have received their life saving vaccine.

Dig out your gardening gloves, a trowel or spade for the planting of the 6,000 bulbs.

Town council leader Martin Colston said: “We are inviting everyone to take part and help plant the bulbs.

“The areas will be identified, ready for the bulbs to be planted, so we are encouraging you to please bring a trowel or a spade and come and take part in this community event”.

He added: “Bulb planting in these areas will further enhance Newbury’s open spaces and recreations ground for everyone making a beautiful show in the spring.

“Newbury Town Council are sponsoring this event for the whole community to enjoy.”

Volunteers can join in across all three sites from 10am to 2pm.

Blossoms Field, in Wash Common, will be open for planting on Saturday.

Old Hospital Green and City Recreation Ground, Andover Road on Sunday, November 21, and Walton Way play park on Sunday, November 28.



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