Over the last five years, the Rotary Club of Kendal has every autumn planted crocus bulbs on the approach roads into Kendal. It all started in 2010 when Rotary International decided to plant them all over the country to celebrate the success of its attempt to eradicate Polio worldwide. That year the first batch of 10.000 purple ones were planted on Milnthorpe Road and made a splendid show the following spring. This proved so successful that the Club decided that they would like to continue the planting of 10,000 more bulbs in successive years (now including yellow ones).
Kendal Town Council and specifically The Kendal in Bloom Committee agreed to fund the project which they have done every year. To date, Windermere Road, Shap Road and Burton Road (by Kirkby Kendal School) have been planted and last Sunday it was decided to plant them on the entrance to Westmorland General Hospital.
That is why a team of Rotarians were seen bent over frantically digging like moles and managing to plant all 10,000 bulbs in 55 minutes which make a grand total of 50,000 so far (is this a record?). With any luck they should look magnificent in Spring and provide a colourful display at this entrance to the hospital. It is hoped to continue with more planting next year.