19 November 2014

At a time when costly high speed rail plans are threatening to scar the countryside, it’s a relief to see a story about bringing a bit of the wild back to the concrete and metal of our city centre landscape. As you might have seen in the papers, Manchester and Liverpool have won a bid for £120,000 in ‘green’ funding from the Royal Botanic Gardens and the Big Lottery Fund.

grow_wildThe two northern powerhouses teamed up to enter their aptly named “Tale of Two Cities” project in the ‘Grow Wild’ competition, which aims to help communities turn abandoned or overlooked sites into colourful spaces filled with wildflowers. What’s even more exciting, especially for us at UKFast, is that part of the money is being used to create a “flower corridor” along Princess Parkway and in Hulme, where we’re located!

I’m a firm believer that in life, we should add value to everything we touch and strive to replace the things we take where possible. It’s so easy to neglect the places we take for granted, which is why this Grow Wild win is such great news for the North West.

Personally, I can’t wait to see the transformation. Who wouldn’t feel better heading to work each day and seeing thousands of flowers growing where once there was just a blank space?

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