Dig the City 2015, in pictures: Don't miss this

Polly Checkland Harding

With three days left of Manchester’s Dig the City 2015, we thought we’d come up with a little encouragement for anyone who’s not yet been…

We spent yesterday afternoon wandering happily between show gardens, stalls selling plants and honey, and, yes, pop-up cocktail stands. There really is nothing like Dig the City; it brings stunning greenery to a city notoriously reluctant to encourage plant life, turning Manchester’s streets into vibrant, colourful corridors where you can play giant chess and hear some of Manchester Jazz Festival‘s excellent musicians play amongst the foliage (did we mention the cocktails, too?).

The city never gets more beautiful than this

So, if you’ve not yet had a chance to explore, use your lunch hour or go after work – as we hope the pictures below will prove, the city never gets more beautiful than this.

Round plants as part of Dig the City

Art installation as part of Dig the City

Flower bed with wooden bee

Sign from flowers saying Flourish

Bee hive amid flowers

Chess game outdoors

Bunting along a rail

Planter with flowers in it

Shed next to Manchester statue

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Couple on a bridge surrounded by trees

Milk bottles with plants in them

Photo of boxes of flowers with plastic lobster

Succulents

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