12 Days of Christmas (6): A Tale of Two Cities 2016 calendar

5th December 2015

Elf hatWith the silly season upon us and thoughts turning to Christmas gifts we thought a few hints from the green Christmas elf wouldn’t go astray!  Over the next 12 days we will posting some Christmas gift ideas that are a little greener, useful, and perhaps more giving than what you might find on the High Street.

Of course, you will all have plenty more ideas – so please share these with us.

Tale of Two Cities 2016 Calendar

A Tale of Two Cities Calendar 2016Tale of Two Cities have their very own calendar displaying fantastic pictures of this year’s events and some of our best quotes! They make great gifts and will support the work of the project further.

A unique calendar has been produced to celebrate the first year of this Grow Wild Flagship project.  Packed full of fantastic photos taken during many sowing activities, workshops and cultural events that took place in 2015.

Calendars cost just £5 from the National Wildflower Centre Tel: 0151 737 1819.  P+P £1.50

Or you can purchase them from Hulme Community Garden Centre in Manchester


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 is 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

Grow Wild - wildflowers in Hulme underpass

Grow Wild – wildflowers in Hulme underpass

We will sow 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 has won £120,000 to achieve this. Liverpool and Manchester will be 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.