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Crocus bulbs planted in Peace Garden

Caretaker Viren Shah and parents planting crocuses

Caretaker Viren Shah and parents planting crocuses

Volunteers joined Rotarians on the latest phase of creating a Rotary Peace Garden in the grounds of Falcons Primary School, in Gipsy Lane, Leicester.

As experts Matthew Herbert and Keith Campbell, from the Wildlife Trust, tackled the few remaining major tasks, school premises officer Viren Shah and parents helped plant about 1,000 crocus bulbs around where a number of trees will be planted at the next session in December.

Keith Campbell, from Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust with a chain saw donated by Novus Rotary member Adrian McGreevy

Keith Campbell, from Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust with a chain saw donated by Novus Rotary member Adrian McGreevy

Matthew and Keith have all the skills. But tools are important too. They brought with them a special spade with a circular blade which proved an easy way to dig a hole big enough for a couple of crocus bulbs. Viren can be seen using it in the YouTube video at the top of this page. They also used a brand-new chain saw donated by Rotary member and businessman Adrian McGreevy.

Joining Novus Rotarians Pam Spokes and Jim Matthews on duty at this session were Pam’s husband Rodney, of Leicester Rotary Club, John Niblett, of Oadby Launde Rotary. They were also joined by parents and children who droped in to plant some crocus bulbs as they left school. “We are very grateful to everyone who has helped us in this project.” said Pam, the secretary of Leicester Novus Rotary. “Without them, our Rotary Club could not achieve what we have.”

Centrepiece of the garden — an area to be used by pupils, parents and staff for quiet reflection — will be a Rotary Peace Pole bearing the prayer and message “May Peace Prevail Upon the Earth” and a solar-powered water feature. They will be ‘unveiled’ in the coming months when the peace garden is officially opened.