GREEN-fingered garden enthusiasts are being urged step forward and volunteer for a fun-filled summer festival.

Urban gardening festival Dig the City is taking place on Tuesday July 29 to Tuesday August 12 and help is needed to turn Manchester into a garden city.

For nine days the city centre’s shopping streets will be transformed by a series of Show Gardens.

St Ann’s Square will host the Festival Hub and there’ll be talks, family activities with the National Trust, flowers and food – alongside markets, music and celebrity gardeners.
And there are opportunities for everybody interested, whether they are experienced or not bosses say every enthusiastic volunteer will be a great asset to the team.

Nelson Beaumont-Laurencia, Dig the City Event Producer, said: “We are looking for committed, passionate and enthusiastic people to join our team and help to create a gardening legacy for Manchester.

“If you have a green-fingered flair or simply want to be a part of a special community event, please get in touch.

“It’s a real team approach – so bring along your friends, family or colleagues to join up with you and get stuck in together. We’re thrilled to have a variety of groups signed up to volunteer so far ranging from local greening groups and companies doing team building days, to teams from our sponsors NCP and ladies from the Women’s Institute.

“There’s also youth groups joining, such as NCS with The Challenge, which gives young people the opportunity to get together to deliver a project that makes a real difference to where they live.

“We cannot do this without the help of our extraordinary volunteers and whether you can give a few hours, a few days or two weeks, your support is extremely valuable.”

Volunteering opportunities range from setting up and de-rigging the festival site, on-site assistance throughout the week, planting, watering and taking care of the plants, helping with visitor enquiries, meeting and greeting and supporting with marketing and social media.

Volunteer Carrie Freeman said: “I had only moved to Manchester a month prior to Dig the City and thought volunteering would be a good opportunity for me to get out and about in the city and meet people. I supported with leafleting and watering plants for a couple of hours after work which helped me to get my bearings and familiarise myself with Manchester.

“I met lots of interesting people and there was a great sense of comradeship amongst the team. I’m looking forward to getting stuck in again this year!”

Volunteers of all ages are welcome. There is an allocation of free parking available for volunteers (subject to numbers) and those helping with the de-rig have first pick of plants to take away and give a good home.

To volunteer or find out more, contact Dig the City at team at or 0161 838 3250.

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