Blooming Manchester snowdrops commemorate those who fell in the First World War

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.

Joe Williams (left) and Sean Harkin, the National Trust's urban gardener in residence inspect the snowdrops now in bloom across Manchester to mark the fallen in the First World War.  Credit Emma WIlliams

Joe Williams (left) and Sean Harkin, the National Trust’s urban gardener in residence inspect the snowdrops now in bloom across Manchester to mark the fallen in the First World War. Credit Emma WIlliams

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.

Jaya Waterworth among the snowdrops in Manchester. Credit Emma Williams

Jaya Waterworth among the snowdrops in Manchester. Credit Emma Williams

“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.”

 

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