Rotary Club of Marlow Bridge Planting at Riley Park

The adage that ‘action speaks louder than words’ was put to the test, and was not found wanting, by the most recently formed Rotary Club of Marlow Bridge by their efforts in supporting Riley Park Trust (Marlow’s Own) in a planting programme last Saturday 22 October. Prior to this they had assisted the Trust in their first community action project with a litter-pick in August, ahead of a celebratory event being held in the Park by U3A.
Their leaders, Louise Kelly and Richard Gyselynck, and members turned up in force with crocus bulbs which their organisation had paid for and a van load of flowering shrubs (purchased by them at a most effective price to the Trust) to supplement the shrubs already available. The aim was to plant these around the perimeter of the Park to enhance the ground cover, give rotational cover around the borders of the Park and replace overgrown and previously cleared areas. This was one of the Trust’s objectives for 2016 as detailed in the most recent Business Plan which can accessed through the Trust website.
Members of Rotary Club of Marlow Bridge came equipped with all the necessary implements for the job including an ancient spade-like tool for lifting turf to facilitate bulb planting. This incidentally, was owned by one of the organisation’s major drivers of the new club and was an inheritance from her Irish grandfather! Well deserved refreshments were provided by the Trust during the course of the day.
It was a most convivial, effective and long day’s work with in excess of 50 flowering shrubs/trees being planted, 10,000 Ruby Giant crocus blubs (in two beds in the North West and South West corners of the Park), and 300 daffodil and tulip bulbs. The crocus bulbs incidentally are a part of Rotary’s ‘Purple for Polio’ campaign. The purple crocus is a symbol of the Rotary Foundation’s worldwide campaign to eradicate polio, with its colour representing the purple dye used to mark the finger of a child who has been immunised.  Over the 30 years that Rotary members and others have been committed to fighting to eradicate polio across the world, the number of polio-endemic countries has dropped from 125 to just two, with over 2.5 billion children receiving vaccinations thanks to the help of Rotary.  With eradication now closer than ever, Rotary’s Purple4Polio campaign is designed to unite communities to engage in activities, as part of the final push to eradicate polio for good.
Riley Park Trust is a facility that was left in Trust for youth and the community of Marlow in 1914. Tony Shannon, Trust Chairman, said ‘I can only register my sincere appreciation to this newly formed Club who unsolicited sought the Trust out for their support and we wish them well for the future. They are a breath of fresh air from those who over the last year alone sought the Trust’s assistance in the provision of land facilities that would be of benefit to their proposed schemes but of no benefit to the Trust. All members of the community are stakeholders in this most valuable jewel in the centre of Marlow and support of a newly set up Town Organisation is a major step in the right direction. In addition, the Trust would welcome more offers of assistance from individuals and Town Organisations’.
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