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Largest flower festival in the North West: Urban gardening event ‘Dig the City’ launches in Manchester

By Mihaela Ivantcheva

Manchester’s first urban gardening event, Dig the City  transformed the area into a sea of colour at its launch today.

The week-long event, running from July 24 until July 29, features a huge flower spectacle and a wide range of activities in over ten venues across the city.

Launched in collaboration between Manchester Cathedral, Manchester City Council and Manchester Arndale, it includes free interactive workshops and stunning display gardens,

Michelle Bennett, one of the event organisers, said: “The main aim is to attract as many people as possible to come and join us. We have got something for everyone and a beautiful Jubilee Garden.

“The event highlight for me is how organisations from the public and private sector and 40,000 volunteers have worked together for months and months to achieve this” she said.

One of the highlights of Dig the City promises to be a spectacle of flowers at Manchester Cathedral.

Over 30,000 flowers depicting themes of classical and modern music to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee will fill the Cathedral and will rival other major Cathedrals in the South.

The Cathedral will also host a number of recitals during Dig the City – hailed as the largest flower festival in the North West.

Designed by famous flower arrangers, the event is led by Chelsea award-winning team and the organisers of major flower festivals including Hampton Court Palace.

In addition to the flower festival at Manchester Cathedral, the surrounding medieval quarter of Manchester City Centre will also be transformed into a sea of green and colour.

Floral installations will decorate Manchester Arndale and a floral carpet will be created on one of the levels of the National Football Museum.

Manchester City Council’s impressive Jubilee Garden created for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s visit to Manchester will be rebuilt in Cathedral Gardens.

Exchange Square will be decorated with themed planters and life-sized topiary sporting figures and will have food and drink concessions.

Another garden will be built on Victoria Street.

At RHS Tatton Garden, commuters will be able to enjoy stunning gardens designed by residents from Newton Heath that depict a running track and three athletes representing Olympic sports.

Talking to MM, Mrs Bennett said that after a successful launch, the festival will return every year to turn Manchester into a big colourful garden.

The money raised from the event will be donated to Manchester Cathedral Development Project and the flowers will be going to St Ann’s Hospice.

The outdoor activities across the city will be free and tickets for the Manchester Cathedral Flower Festival can be booked here.

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