Manchester Snowdrop City

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This September come into Manchester and plant a snowdrop to mark the centenary of the First World War. Over 100,000 bulbs will be planted across the city to mark this important anniversary.

Why snowdrops?

Snowdrops have been chosen as they are a symbol of peace and hope, and a link to the white war graves. They are also an early source of nectar for bees which are a symbol of Manchester. The snowdrops will flower in spring 2015, and every year from then on to create a lasting legacy. Our Gardener in Residence, Sean Harkin, will be leading Snowdrop City Week;

‘I can’t wait to see the happiness these little white flowers will bring, whilst remembering the people and stories of the First World War.’

What’s happening during Snowdrop City Week?

  • Mass snowdrop bulb planting sessions across Manchester.
  • On Saturday 13 September we'll also be running some of our 50 things activities
  • Schools programme - snowdrop packs are being sent out to local primary schools to take part and plant snowdrops in their school grounds.

When's it happening?

Snowdrop City Week will run from Saturday 13 to Sunday 21 September.

Want to get involved?

Be a Snowdrop Champion - get in touch with Sean to help on the planting days setting up, planting bulbs and engaging with people.

Come along to our drop-in planting sessions in the city centre over the week and plant a bulb. The dates and locations of the planting sessions are:

  • Sat 13 Sept - Manchester Cathedral (and 50 things activities). The north side opposite the National Football Museum (formerly Urbis). Post code: M3 1SX.
  • Sun 14 Sept - St John's Gardens. Behind Deansgate; near to MOSI and the old Granada Studios. Post code: M3 4AP.
  • Mon 15 Sept - Parsonage Gardens. Behind House of Fraser, off Deansgate. Post code: M3 2LF.
  • Wed 17 Sept - Sackville Gardens. Between Canal St and Whitworth St. Post code: M1 3WA.
  • Fri 19 Sept - Manchester Science Park. Lloyd St N, Post code: M15 6SE.
  • Sat 20 Sept - The Northern Quarter. Meeting point on Thomas St by the Dustpan and Broom statue. Post code: M4 1NA.
  • Sun 21 Sept - Manchester University. Opposite Manchester Museum on Oxford Rd. Post code: M13 9PL.

On Friday 19 September, Southway Housing will also be planting snowdrop bulbs at Jubilee Woodland, Princess Parkway. Drop in from 10am - 12pm, or 2 - 4pm.

If you'd like more information please email Keep in touch via our Facebook and Twitter pages, or find out what Sean’s been up to on his Manchester Confidential column (external link).