RotaKids plant 1,000 corms

Children, parents and staff planting the corms last month
Children, parents and staff planting the corms last month

Tipperty RotaKids rallied staff, parents and their Ellon Rotarian Mentor to plant 1,000 purple crocus corms last month.

Armed with trowels and big smiles, the children set forth on their task with enthusiasm on Monday, September 19.

They were joined by their Ellon Rotarian Mentor, Eleanor Macalister.

Previously dug out trenches ensured that there was ample space to plant the corms which, in the spring, will create a show of purple at the entrance to the school which sits right on the little main road going through the village.

Plans are in place to create marker signs with the RotaKids logo and Rotary logo on them beside the plants which will be seen by all who pass by.

This will include the local farmer whose combine harvester created a traffic jam on the evening of the planting as it tried to work its way past parents’ cars and cheering children!

The children have been learning about the implications of the End Polio Now campaign and the purple theme will be woven throughout the school curriculum over the year.

The corms themselves were provided by Ellon Rotary.

Rotary in Great Britain and Ireland has been working in association with the Royal Horticultural Society which has been generous in its support of the End Polio Now campaign.

Further details about the Ellon Rotary group and their End Polio Now campaign can be found online at or like the group on Facebook at