5000 Crocus bulbs planted in the gardens in aid of World Polio Day


Last Wednesday on World Polio Day, the Rotary Club of Evesham together with students from Prince Henry’s High School and the Simon De Montfort School highlighted historic progress towards a polio-free world by planting 5000 purple crocus bulbs to add a splash of colour for all to see next spring when visiting the Walled Gardens at Croome Court.

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Purple is the colour of the dye placed on the little finger on the left hand of a child to show they have been immunised against polio, hence the name Purple4Polio. With millions of children to vaccinate, this makes it easier to see who has been protected and who has not. Polio is a vaccine preventable disease that still threatens children in parts of the world today.

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Since Rotary and its partners launched the Global Polio Eradication Initiative nearly 30 years ago, the incidence of polio has plummeted by more than 99.9 percent, from about 350,000 cases a year in 125 countries to just 22 cases in 2018 and with just three remaining polio-endemic countries, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Nigeria.

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To sustain this progress and protect all children from polio, Rotary International has committed to raising US$50 million per year over the next three years in support of global polio eradication efforts. Without full funding and political commitment, this paralysing disease could return to previously polio-free countries, putting children everywhere at risk.

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“Chris and I are very excited to be taking part in this very worthwhile project and hope that it will help highlight the work done by the Rotary Organisation to eradicate this awful disease to our visitors” said Karen Cronin of The Walled Gardens at Croome.

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The gardens are back open for the season and this year we tried something new by launching a series of indoor and outdoor art exhibitions for our visitors to enjoy. The first 3 artists included metal sculptors Diccon Dadey and Simon Probyn, and local i-phone photographer Shirley Jones.

Diccon Dadey Panther 180331 5 Credit Peter Young
Diccon Dadey – a metal sculptor working in steel to fabricate a wonderfully eclectic collection of modern and traditional house and garden art in 3D form. Photo credit: Peter Young
Diccon Dadey Sheep 180331 1 Credit Peter Young
We loved the sheep and lambs by Diccon Dadey so much that they are now full time residents of the gardens, thanks to a very generous gift by a family member. Photo credit: Peter Young
Shirley Jones Photographs 180331 7 Credit Peter Young
Shirley loves to photograph her local environment, often revisiting sites many many times in different weather, seasons and lighting conditions. Shirley loves to get intimate with a place and really know it. And, she photograph all her work using her iphone! Photo credit – Peter Young
Simon Probyn 180331 1 Credit Annette Davenport
Simon is a sculptor who works using heavy industrial steel. Based in rural Herefordshire, he creates abstract and figurative works of art from both found and new material. He takes the man-made architectural steel designs and lets them subtly dictate their new purpose. Photo credit – Annette Davenport



National Trust garden volunteers from Croome digging out new beds and planting in the walled gardens.


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Meanwhile at the top of the garden…

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The latest photos of what’s been going on behind the walled garden’s walls…

Special thanks to Peter Young for the snaps.

The walled gardens’ kestrel is back!

A spooky dog walk around Croome…

Spooky dog walk