THOUSANDS of crocuses are set to burst into bloom around Gerrards Cross and Chalfont St Peter thanks to the work of rotary clubs.

The Rotary Club of Gerrards Cross and Chalfont St Peter, and the Misbourne Matins, planted 15,000 bulbs in prominent places, including the Memorial Centre, Gold Hill Common, and churches and schools.

It is part of a four month rotary campaign to eradicate polio, which the clubs have contributed to recently. There is now a week long promotion being run in Fisher's supermarket in Gerrards Cross, as well as Tesco.

Several thousand bulbs were planted in trays and members of the public donating £3 will be presented with a pot of flowering crocuses, and those giving £15 can take away a whole tray.

Desmond Legg, president of the rotary club of Gerrards Cross and Chalfont St Peter, said: "We want our efforts to be an annual reminder and a lasting legacy of our community’s contribution to eradicating one of the most virulent, horrific and fatal diseases.

"We have been impressed and delighted by the generous and enthusiastic support of our local community for what has been our biggest ever campaign."