Tribute to Manchester’s worker bee to be installed in Hyde Park
Wednesday 27th September 2017 @ 12:36 by Tom Greggan
Hyde News Tameside

A permanent reminder of Manchester’s work ethic, resilience, creativity and togetherness is to be installed in Hyde Park.

A flowerbed will be planted in the shape of a bee, the icon of Manchester that became a symbol of strength following the arena attack in May.

Cllr Frank Travis

Tameside Armed Services Community (TASC) has successfully applied for a grant to fund the project from We Love Manchester, the charity set up in the aftermath of the bombing. The veterans are keen to work with members of the community to cultivate the flowerbed.

DB Garden Nurseries of Hyde has supplied the plants and given advice on design, planting and maintenance. Work will take place over the winter with the formal opening of the flowerbed set for next spring.

Cllr Frank Travis, Tameside Council’s armed forces champion, said: “The bee became Greater Manchester’s symbol in the days after the bombing. It embodied the determination to choose love over hate and not to allow terrorists to disrupt our way of life.

“Lots of people from the borough, especially the young, were affected by the attack and they might find it helpful to spend time at the flowerbed. However, TASC are keen to work with anyone who wants to be part of the scheme.”

TASC are happy to hear from individuals, youth groups, schools and anybody who would like to get involved in the project, or feels like they might benefit from it. For more information, you can e-mail [email protected]de.gov.uk.