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Tale of Two Cities - Quinney Crescent Seed Sowing

Contributed by Alice Howse on 10.05.2016

An Article about Tale of Two Cities - Quinney Crescent seed sowing. Written by Alice Howse 

On a slightly grey day in Manchester, volunteers from Moss Side, Hulme, Rusholme and Chorlton came together to sow wild flower seeds on Quinney Crescent in Moss Side. The cold and the rain didn’t put them off planting the seeds for the community and once the locals saw what they were doing, they wanted to get involved too. There were some local children who were really keen to get involved and joined the group to spread the seeds along the crescent.

There were 5 rotavated areas along the Crescent where the seeds were being planted, which had previously be sprayed to get rid of the grass. The volunteers picked up their bags of seed and started to spread them over the ground. The seeds included poppies, cornflower and many more.

There was also a local face painter who came along to given free face paintings which included bees, flowers, butterflies and even Captain America!
Some of the locals we spoke to were really pleased this was happening along their road and said that they would make sure the area was looked after, and some of the children who were involved in the sowing got to take some seeds to their own gardens to create a natural area in their own back garden

The flowers will start to bloom in July and will hopefully attract local wildlife and give Quinney Crescent a burst of colour.

Although there weren’t a large number of people there, all the rotavated patches were sown and the community were looking forward to seeing what the hard work would produce.

At the last sowing event Stephanie Massaglia said “It was a heart-warming experience. It reminded us how kind and lovely people can be and how planting wild flowers can mean so much, and takes so little time and effort. Thank you to the organisers, there should be more caring people like yourselves.”

A Tale of Two Cities won the Grow Wild England flagship Award in 2014, a UK programme managed by Royal Botanic Gardens Kew. The seeds were from the National Wildflower Centre.

The Tale of Two Cities 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

For more information about Tale of Two Cities, click HERE