Can you help to plant 5,000 bulbs?

Members of the Friends of Hove Park will be planting 5,000 purple crocus bulbs in Hove Park this Friday (October 28) and are looking for volunteers to join them.

The bulbs are being planted as part of the Purple4Polio campaign, an initiative between the Royal Horticultural Society and Rotary to raise awareness and help eliminate Polio from the world.

The purple crocus is a symbol of Rotary’s worldwide campaign to eradicate polio – the colour represents the purple dye used to mark the finger of a child who has been immunised.

The Friends. and Brighton & Hove City Council gardeners, are inviting volunteers from different parts of the community to join them on the day, help plant bulbs and support this national event.

If you can spare some time to help plant bulbs, just turn up at the cafe in Hove Park at 10am. The bulbs will be planted at the bottom of the Droveway, just down from Legal & General and the Bilingual school inside the railway loop. Bring a trowel if you have one!

Planting is expected to finish at around 12.30pm.

There’s just a few days left to join the Big Conversation and have your say in the future of parks and open spaces in the city. Visit

Paper copies of the consultation are also available and the deadline is October 28.