Thousands of snowdrops, the symbol of hope and endurance, are now in bloom across Manchester City centre as a poignant reminder of the First World War.
The National Trust’s Urban Gardener-in-Residence Sean Harkin and 700 volunteers to include children from 50 local primary schools, planted 100,000 snowdrops last September across the city at various landmarks.
Sean says; “Famous outdoor sites in Manchester are turning a sea and white as the carpets of snowdrops now start to bloom.
“The snowdrop is so fragile in appearance we thought it would be a good emblem to commemorate the First World War being the colour of peace and representative of the chalk white of the war graves.
“The snowdrops will be a lasting legacy of last year’s centenary and year on year they will now multiply and we hope for even more spectacular displays for many years to come.”