Splash of purple on A286 at Midhurst


THERE’S a splash of purple on the verge of the A286 at Midhurst’s North Mill and another at South Pond to herald the start of spring.

These crocuses were planted by children from Midhurst Primary School and Midhurst Rother College five years ago.

They are part of a project by the Rotary Club of Midhurst and Petworth in recognition of the work being carried out to eradicate polio from the world.

When the flowers first bloomed in March, 2011, there were four countries where polio was still endemic – Pakistan, Afghanistan, India and Nigeria.

Working in partnership with the World Health Organisation, UNESCO and others, Rotary International has been active in the reduction of cases of Polio reported year on year.

In March, 2014, India, once deemed the most difficult place to end polio, was declared polio-free, making the entire southeast region polio free.

“As of February, Africa had no new cases in six months, though the continent must mark three full years without a new case to be officially declared polio-free by the World Health Organisation,” said Rotary Club spokesman Helen Chapman. “Now, 99 percent of the world’s population lives in certified polio-free regions, eradication is closer than ever.”