Snowdrop city has begun!

Children from St Marys Primary School at Dunham Massey © Emma Williams

Children from St Marys Primary School at Dunham Massey

Latest update 18.02.2014 14:49

A group of schoolchildren from St Mary’s Primary School in Moss Side visited Dunham Massey recently to see the snowdrops in the Winter Garden. They were taking part in a two day snowdrop workshop with National Trust urban gardener, Sean Harkin.

It’s the first part of a National Trust project leading to the planting of 100,000 snowdrops in Manchester City Centre in September to commemorate the centenary of the First World War. The bulbs will flower in spring 2015 and every year from then on to create a lasting legacy.

At Dunham Massey, the children learnt about plants and bulbs in the Winter Garden, in addition to going on safari to spot some of Dunham’s resident herd of deer. The following day back at St Mary’s the group made snowdrop lanterns and then planted 100 snowdrop bulbs in the school grounds..

Sean Harkin said: 'The children were amazing! Everything, from seeing the snowdrops at Dunham, to making the lanterns, to planting the bulbs, we had such fun. It’s so exciting to get the project off to a start. We’ve planted 100 snowdrops during the workshop.

Snowdrop city

This September, we – that’s me and everyone who would like to join in - will plant 100,000 snowdrop bulbs in inner city Manchester. I can’t wait to see the happiness these little white flowers will bring – as well as helping us to remember all those who took part in the First World War a century ago. Please do get involved and give a hand planting - join in to help make Manchester beautiful!’   

Shan, one of the little girls taking part in the snowdrop workshop at Dunham Massey said ‘My favourite part was learning about the flowers. I like snowdrops ‘cos they are precious’. Not forgetting her dad Shan also asked for seeds for him as he likes gardening. It obviously runs in the family.   

If you’d like to help Sean plant 100,000 snowdrops in Manchester City Centre then he’d love to hear from you. Get in touch via email or Twitter.