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Show your support for the ‘Tale of Two Cities” wildflower bid (Manchester & Liverpool)

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Manchester and Liverpool have launched a joint bid, called Tale of Two Cities, to win £120,000 of funding from Kew Gardens for wildflower planting.  The winner of the funding will be decided by a public vote, which is open until 4th November.
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This is a fantastic opportunity to bring a splash of colour to the city, and will also be a great boost for our bees and other pollinators.

Please vote online and also by phone on 0808 228 7705 (calls are free from landlines, but mobiles may be charged) – and encourage your friends and family to do so too!

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.

Led by Landlife,  Manchester City Council and the National Trust, Tale of Two Cities is one of the five shortlisted sites for Grow Wild’s English flagship campaign. Combining two great northern cities, the project seeks to transform prominent spaces into wild flower celebrations to connect their places and tell their stories.

Kew Grow Wild - school children - scaledIf successful at winning the Grow Wild English flagship bid, the Manchester sowing will focus on Hulme Park and Alexandra Park as well as Princess Parkway one of the gateways to the city.

Linked to the conservation action through the National Wildflower Centre, A Tale of Two Cities: Liverpool and Manchester will explore the vivid stories of these historically divided cities, their distinctiveness and shared culture.

To vote go to and click on the Vote for ‘A Tale of Two Cities’ button or call 0808 228 7705 (free via landlines, mobile phone calls may be charged depending on your mobile phone service).

Voting closes on 4th November and every vote will count.  Please Vote!

Tale of Two Cities Grow Wild flyer


If you can help publicising the event please download the flyer (pdf).


If you ‘Tweet’ please help us to encourage local businesses and organisations to support the ‘Tale of Two Cities’ bid.

Manchester Friends of the Earth has created this simple Twitter action. All you have to do is click on the “Tweet to” links below and a Tweet message to that organisation’s Twitter name will pop up ready to send.

Please help us by sending as many Tweets as you can to encourage businesses and organisations in Manchester to support the ‘Tale of Two Cities bid by encouraging their staff and customers to vote. As businesses/organisations sign up to help we will add these details to the table below. So if you get a response (positive or negative) please let us know @mcrfoe.

I Love ManchesterTweet to @ILovemanchester

Business/organisation (alphabetical order) Tweet link / supporting Tale of Two Cities
About Manchester Tweet to @AboutMcr
Appleyard Lees Tweet to @AppleyardLees
BDP Tweet to @bdp_com
Bridgewater Hall Tweet to @BridgewaterHall
Chorlton High School Tweet to @chorltonhigh
City Co Tweet to @CityCo
Corn Exchange Manchester Tweet to @cornexchangeMAN
Cornerhouse Tweet to @CornerhouseMcr
Crowne Plaza Manchester Tweet to @CrownePlazaManc
Cube Gallery Tweet to @CUBEGallery
Eastlands Homes Tweet to @Eastlandshomes
Emerge Recycling Thanks for the retweet!
First Manchester Tweet to @FirstManchester
Greater Manchester Chamber Tweet to @gmchamber
Greater Manchester Centre for Voluntary Organisation Tweet to @gmcvo
Greater Manchester Public Health Network Tweet to @GMPHN
Halle Orchestra Tweet to @the_halle
Holiday Inn Manchester West Tweet to @HIMancWest
Islington Mill Tweet to @islingtonmill
Key 103 Tweet to @KEY103NEWS
Kro Manchester Tweet to @KROManchester
Malmaison Manchester Tweet to @ManchesterMal
Manchester Airport Tweet to @manairport
Manchester Arndale Tweet to @manarndale
Manchester Art Gallery Tweet to @mcrartgallery
Manchester Carbon Literacy Tweet to @mcr_carbon_lit
Manchester Cathedral Tweet to @ManCathedral
Manchester City Football Club Tweet to @MCFC
Manchester Clinical Commissioning Groups Tweet to @ManchesterCCGs
Manchester Craft and Design Centre Thanks for the retweet! @mcrfoe need your vote for their ‘Tale of Two Cities’ Grow Wild bid to make #manchester greener
Manchester Environmental Resource Centre Initiative Tweet to @MERCi_Manc
Manchester Fire Service Tweet to @manchesterfire
Manchester International Festival Thanks for retweeting
Manchester Labour Party Thanks for retweeting!
Manchester Libraries Tweet to @MancLibraries
Manchester Markets Tweet to @MCRMarkets
Manchester Metropolitan Univ Tweet to @ManMetUni
MMU Environment Tweet to @MMUEnvironment
Manchester Museum Tweet to @McrMuseum
Manchester News Tweet to @news_manchester
Manchester Sustainable Consumption Institute Tweet to @ManchesterSCI
Manchester United Football Club Tweet to @ManUtd
Manchester Univ Student Union Tweet to @ManchesterSU
Marketing Manchester Tweet to @marketing_mcr
MIDAS, Manchester Thanks for the retweet!
MOSI Manchester Tweet to @voiceofmosi
National Football Museum Thanks for the retweet! @mcrfoe no problem, we’re all for a little Manchester-Liverpool co-operation 🙂
Nexus Art Cafe Tweet to @NexusArtCafe
NOMA Tweet to @NOMA53
North Tea Power Tweet to @northteapower
Northern Quarter Manchester Tweet to @NQManchester
O2 Apollo Manchester Tweet to @O2ApolloManc
Oklahoma Cafe Tweet to @oklahomamcr
Oxfam Chorlton Tweet to @OxfamChorlton
Palace and Opera House Tweet to @PalaceandOpera
Pennine Acute NHS Tweet to @PennineAcuteNHS
Pro Manchester Tweet to @promanchester
Public Health Manchester Tweet to @PHMMcr
Recycle for Greater Manchester Tweet to @recycle4gm
RNCM Student Union Tweet to @rncmsu
Spinningfields Tweet to @Spinningfields
The Co-operative Tweet to @TheCooperative
The Eighth Day Tweet to @EighthDayVeg
The Manchester College Thanks for retweeting
The PrintWorks Tweet to @The_Printworks
Transport for Greater Manchester Tweet to @OfficialTfGM
Unicorn Grocery Tweet to @UnicornGrocery
University of Manchester Library Tweet to @UoMLibrary
Urban Splash Tweet to @urban_splash
Visit Manchester Tweet to @visit_mcr
Waterstones Deansgate Tweet to @WaterstonesMCR
Whitworth Art Gallery Tweet to @WhitworthArt
XFM Manchester Tweet to @xfmManchester
Yelp Manchester Tweet to @Yelpmanchester

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