Million bulbs to spread spring colour across city

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Cllr Kevin Peel and Lucy Powell launch the initiative

Flowers have been planted in Piccadilly Gardens as part of a plan to plant one million bulbs across the city.

Councillors, residents, businesses and council staff ensured a splash of colour will be brought to the city centre when they carried out work to improve the flower beds in Piccadilly Gardens.

Volunteers helped carry out the work, including planting bulbs which will flower later in the year.

This was part of a scheme that will see a million bulbs planted in Manchester’s parks, green spaces and roadsides by the end of this year.

Around 600,000 bulbs - mostly for plants which will flower in the spring - have already been planted over the last 18 months, while a further 400,000 will be planted this autumn.

Much of the planting work has been paid for from the City Council’s £14.5m clean city fund, provided due to the City Council’s shareholding in Manchester Airports Group.

The fund, provided as a one-off largely due to the sell-off of Stansted, is being used to provide one-off projects which will benefit the appearance and environment of Manchester.

City centre councillor Kevin Peel said:

"This work will see a splash of spring colour in the city centre, but it’s part of a much larger project of significant green investment in our neighbourhood over the next year.

"Planting a million bulbs in two years is an impressive achievement and demonstrates our commitment to improving the quality of our green spaces, while we are also saving money by investing in low maintenance plants that don’t need to be replanted every year."


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