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Daffodils in bloom along Rotary trail and no one to see them

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Thousands of daffodils are in bloom along the Norfolk Sunrise Trail.

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Members and supporters of different Norfolk Rotary clubs took part in the Rotary Day of Action last September that saw 4,200 daffodil bulbs planted along the trail.

Now, the flowers are in bloom, but no one is able to see them with the trails being closed.

All public parks, trails, and recreational facilities are currently closed in an attempt to slow the spread of COVID-19.

The daffodils came to be as part of a project during Rudi Atkinson’s year as president of the Rotary Club of Norfolk Sunrise.

“We wanted to do a Rotary Day of Action that would bring together all of the Norfolk Rotary clubs,” said Atkinson.

Norfolk Sunrise had previously planted 60 redbud trees along the trail and the flowers were placed to complement the trees.

“And now they’re blooming and we can’t get on the trail to see them,” said Atkinson. “We can only observe their beauty from the barricade but I know next year they’ll multiply for an even greater showing for the community and the trail users.”

There are pure yellow, ice follies, and red rangers planted.

Rotary clubs around the world focus on peace and conflict prevention/resolution, disease prevention and treatment, water and sanitation, maternal and child health, basic education, and literacy, and economic and community development.

“Our daffodil planting would fall under community development,” said Atkinson. “We’re enhancing the beautification of our trail. There are lots and lots of people who use our trail and I’m sure they’re going to appreciate seeing them next year when they can get up a little more close and personal.”

A video of the Rotary Day of Action event can be viewed at https://vimeo.com/371392386.

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