‘Tale of Two Cities’ take walk on the wild side


Flower power has brought together the cities of Liverpool and Manchester to celebrate Grow Wild’s England Flagship project “Tale of Two Cities”. Named as Grow Wild”s winning project following a vote that saw nearly 65,000 people from across the UK take part, “Tale of Two Cities” will use £120,000 of Big Lottery funding to transform prominent spaces into wild flower celebrations to connect the two historically-divided cities.

The launch of the initiative saw models Dani (from Everton) and Ailyce (from Manchester) celebrate the project by modeling wild flower dresses on Princess Parkway in Manchester, one of the sites for the “Tale of Two Cities” project.

Supported by the Big Lottery Fund and led by the 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.


The “Tale of Two Cities” campaign will be supporting various events around Manchester and Liverpool during summer including Out of the Blue Music Festival on Everton Park; Lost Tribes of Everton community events and Dig the City Manchester which will feature a Grow Wild Urban Meadow.

Richard Scott from Tale of Two Cities said: “We are really excited to be getting started with the project. The events we have coming up over the summer to support the ‘Tale of Two Cities’ are a great way to get the communities involved and to spread awareness of the importance of wild flowers in the UK.”

Grow Wild has teamed up with BBC Countryfile to give away thousands of free packets of seeds so you can create your very own wild flower haven. The packs contain a wide variety of flowers including cornflower, meadow buttercup and common poppy, which will not only add a splash of colour to gardens and window boxes – but provide shelter and food for wildlife.

Sign up for a free pack of seeds and do your bit for native wild flowers: https://www.growwilduk.com/register-free-countryfile-grow-wild-seeds

Find out more about Grow Wild, included funded projects across the UK at: www.growwilduk.com