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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 and the National Trust and a wide range of land management, education, community and cultural partners.

In 2015, with a great amount of collective enthusiasm, goodwill and a mix of skills we set about preparing the ground. This calendar tells the story of our first exciting year, and of building new creative alliances and collaborations to tell an evolving story, which we can now weave together as a powerful modern Tale.

In our first year we have delivered spectacular displays of colourful wildflower 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. We are grateful to the great turn-out last September from people who sowed the seeds in Alexandra and Hulme Park for next summer.

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. 2016 holds unlimited promise with more diverse species and more people coming aboard to tell a new Tale of Two Cities!

Our Story So Far ...

Scroll through our timeline to see how The Tale of Two Cities began, how we've done throughout the last couple of years and what we have planned for the future!

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times”

1st January 2014
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Our journey began with John Hutch reading the 1st paragraph from Charles Dickens’ ‘A Tale of Two Cities’.

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Musicians Ian Prowse and Helen Maher sang us and our Green Goddess all the way to Hulme

2nd January 2014

A Tale of Two Cities wins the Grow Wild England flagship Award

14th January 2015
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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, our project brings together Liverpool and Manchester, championed by both City Councils, the Friends of Everton Park and the National Trust and a wide range og land management, education, community and cultural partners.

Read more

Preparing the ground

11th February 2015
home-old-moat

In 2015, with a great amount of collective enthusiasm, goodwill and a mix of skills we set about preparing the ground. This calender tells the story of our first exciting year, and of building new creative alliances and collaborations to tell an evolving story, which we can now weave together as a powerful modern Tale

Read more

A Big Thank you!

We would like to thank all of those organisations and individuals who have helped us on our journey.