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Green-fingered Dutch and English plant tulips to celebrate their friendship and help end polio

PUBLISHED: 13:04 19 October 2018 | UPDATED: 13:04 19 October 2018

Members from Bury Abbey Rotary Club, their twin club from the Netherlands and the Abbey Gardens Friends group have planted hundreds of tulip bulbs in the Abbey Gardens in Bury St Edmunds Picture: BURY ABBEY ROTARY CLUB

Members from Bury Abbey Rotary Club, their twin club from the Netherlands and the Abbey Gardens Friends group have planted hundreds of tulip bulbs in the Abbey Gardens in Bury St Edmunds Picture: BURY ABBEY ROTARY CLUB

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More than 700 tulip bulbs from the Netherlands have been planted in Bury St Edmunds to celebrate ties between the two countries.

The specially-developed bulbs, which were donated by the Rotary Club of Tiel-Waalstreek, were planted in the Abbey Gardens last weekend by members of the Dutch Rotary Club in Tiel, their colleagues from Bury Abbey Rotary Club and the Abbey Gardens Friends group.

Everyone can now look forward to the bright and beautiful flowers near the north wall of the garden in the spring.

The Dutch Rotarians purchased the bulbs and gave them to the town to celebrate the friendship of the two Rotary Clubs and promote the End Polio Now cause.

Bury Abbey Rotary Club wanted to thank the rangers team in the Abbey Gardens, the Friends of the Abbey Gardens and Bury in Bloom for their “invaluable assistance with the project”.

This year there have been less than 20 reported cases of polio worldwide and this figure is falling every year.

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