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Firs Farm volunteers join the purple crocus End Polio Now campaign

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23 November 2017

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The Friends of Firs Farm along with Enfield Council hosted an afternoon of bulb planting with two local schools in support of the End Polio Now Campaign.

- Friends of Firs Farm with Enfield Council raise awareness of the End Polio Now campaign
- Pupils from two local schools volunteered their time to help plant crocus bulbs
- Firs Farm is also seeking support for a Changing Places toilet and community café 

The Friends of Firs Farm along with Enfield Council hosted an afternoon of bulb planting with two local schools in support of the End Polio Now Campaign and to help create a beautiful roadside carpet of purple crocuses.

The 5,000 bulbs, donated by the Rotary Club of Edmonton were planted by volunteers and students from neighbouring Palmers Green High and Winchmore schools.
 
Internationally, Rotary has a mission to help eradicate polio. The planting of purple crocuses is one of its longest-standing campaigns, having helped immunize more than 2.5 billion children against polio in 122 countries. Edmonton’s Rotary Club has donated a further batch of 3,000 bulbs to Firs Farm to be planted in the near future.
 
The Friends of Firs Farm, along with its partners at Enfield Council, used the crocus-planting event as an opportunity to spread awareness of the work being done at the habitat, which is one of the largest wetlands of its kind in the UK. The crocuses will add another dimension to the diversity of this unique area and will bloom amongst the trees.
 
Enfield Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment, Cllr Daniel Anderson, said: “Enfield has many strong, hard-working voluntary groups helping to maintain our parks, open spaces and wild habitats. In addition, groups such as the Friends of Firs Farm help to educate local school children about sustainability, wildlife, green infrastructure and our local environment. They are invaluable in helping to sustain strong communities.
 
“I think it is important to add that though many may believe polio is a disease of yesterday, sadly this is far from the case and its effects and impact can be devastating to those affected and their families. Therefore, we owe Rotary Clubs a debt of gratitude for everything they are doing to help eradicate this awful disease.

"So, next Spring, I would urge residents to pass by Firs Farm where they will see a carpet of purple crocuses and I'd ask them to take a moment to reflect on the campaign to end polio worldwide.”
 
As well as developing the area for an increasing number of habitats, Firs Farm volunteers are also looking to raise funds to construct a Changing Places toilet facility, the first of its kind in Enfield. A changing places toilet is an accessible facility for those with profound and multiple learning disabilities as well as those with physical disabilities. In addition, there are plans for a café/ hub at Firs Farm, which will accommodate people with dementia and children with autism.

 To read more about the campaign, as well as other crowdfunding projects in Enfield, go to https://www.spacehive.com/movement/enfieldnow and look out for #EnfieldNow on Twitter.