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Corn Exchange celebrates Manchester Flower Show with free bee-friendly seed packs

Guests can also enjoy two arches of flowers inspired by the building’s atrium mural, designed by local artist Alex Gallagher

The Corn Exchange Manchester is creating a buzz via its role as a Manchester Flower Show participant by giving away, at random, bee-friendly flower mixes – packets of wild-flower seeds that entice bumblebees to a garden, balcony or windowbox.

Each biodegradable pouch contains organic soil coins and a specially blended flower seed mix of foxgloves, wild marjorams, cornflowers and red clovers, that’s perfect for growing in an urban space. 

The flowers, which are pollinator friendly, all bloom between now and November, providing months of vibrant colour whilst also encouraging visits from wild bees.

As well as being the iconic symbol of Manchester, wild bees are a vital part of the world’s eco-system. 

The intrepid, striped invertebrates work hard to pollinate the trees, plants and flowers that humans and animals alike need for food, and that creatures need as habitats. 

In fact, without bees it’s estimated humans would lose the majority of our natural food sources – so it’s important to care for our yellow and black garden guests. 

The seed packets are 100 per cent compostable and biodegradable, so city gardeners can simply dispose of them as part of their usual garden waste. 

Corn Exchange hosts will be distributing the kits at random to guests during Manchester Flower Show (until 6th June) while stocks last.

All guests to the Corn Exchange can also enjoy two arches of flowers, each of which was inspired by the building’s atrium mural, designed by local artist Alex Gallagher. 

As with the mural, these stunning arches feature flora, fauna and creatures inspired by the global cuisine offered by the onsite bars, cafes and restaurants, as well as the spirit of the building itself.

“We’re delighted to be taking part in one of Manchester’s first city-wide celebrations since its hospitality venues have reopened,” said Liam Mooney, general manager at the Corn Exchange Manchester.

“It’s fantastic to see the city centre coming to life again and the festival adds a blooming marvellous splash of additional colour and vibrancy. 

“We look forward to welcoming guests, who can enjoy Instagram opportunities aplenty thanks to our floral arches, and to potentially creating additional buzz with our seed kits.”


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