About a Tale of Two Cities

Tale of two Cities Children Sowing

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A Tale of Two Cities won the Grow Wild England flagship Award in 2014, a UK programme managed by Royal Botanic Gardens Kew.  Headed up by the National Wildflower Centre, our project brings together Liverpool and Manchester, championed by both City Councils, the Friends of Everton Park, the National Trust and a wide range of land management, education, community and cultural partners.
In our first operational year (2015) we delivered spectacular displays of colourful wild flower landscapes along the prominent transport routes of Princess Parkway (Manchester) and Islington (Liverpool) and in the landmark green space of Everton Park.  In total our landmark sites make up 10 hectares – the equivalent of 20 football pitches!
As the flowers bloomed en masse for the first time, we shared a sense of adventure for what can happen, showing what a difference collective endeavour, nature and colour can make to the fabric and soul of our cities. 
This process continues to forge new partnerships linking environment, the arts academia, sports and popular culture, uniting people and communities in both cities to experience, celebrate and respond to the beauty of wildflowers. 
Everton Park Wildflowers June 2015


A Tale of Two Cities Liverpool and Manchester is the winning Grow Wild England Landmark Project.  Grow Wild is creating four high profile flagship sites, one in each UK country, and voted for by the public.  A Tale of Two Cities won the public vote in England in November 2014 against very strong and excellent competition.  We are so very proud and excited to have won. 

Our vision was to deliver a unique cultural landmark project in the northwest of England to:

-       redefine wildflower best practice

-       turn people’s heads and hearts

-       inspire new Grow Wild communities

We have sown bold landscapes in both Liverpool and Manchester on a grand scale – about 10 hectares (equivalent to 20 football pitches!), and into the spaces between where we can.  We will unite the people and communities in both cities to experience, celebrate and create Grow Wild adventures.  We will ignite a new generation of wildflower lovers.

A Tale of Two Cities won £120,000 to achieve this. Liverpool and Manchester are forging new pathways between environment and culture, using music and arts practice, to bring the beauty of wildflowers to people in intriguing and imaginative ways. Our project will run until 2017.

The Team

A Tale of Two Cities is led by Landlife National Wildflower Centre, Manchester City Council and the Friends of Everton Park. Other key stakeholders are Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Liverpool City Council, National Trust Gardener in Residence Manchester, Land Trust, Hulme Park communities, Southway Homes and Northwest Friends Parks Forum, We aim to involve as many groups and communities as possible in both cities and beyond!

Grow Wild
Supported by the Big Lottery Fund and led by Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew; Grow Wild inspires communities, friends, neighbours and individuals across the UK to come together to transform local spaces, by sowing, growing and enjoying native wild flowers. Grow Wild believes that this simple act of creativity can turn spaces into beautiful, inspiring and colourful wildlife havens; encouraging people to care for and delight in the nature around them.

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