Manchester Snowdrop City

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In September 2014 volunteers, community groups and schools all came into Manchester and helped us to plant snowdrops to mark the centenary of the First World War. Over 150,000 bulbs were planted across the city to mark this important anniversary.

Why snowdrops?

Snowdrops were 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, led 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 happened during Snowdrop City Week?

  • Mass snowdrop bulb planting sessions across Manchester from 13 to 21 September 2014.
  • Schools programme - snowdrop packs were sent out to local primary schools to take part and plant snowdrops in their school grounds.

The snowdrops will flower in spring 2015 in the following locations:

  • Manchester Cathedral
  • St John's Gardens
  • Parsonage Gardens
  • Sackville Gardens
  • Manchester Science Park
  • The Northern Quarter
  • Manchester University

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