THE bee – the symbol of Greater Manchester’s refusal to give in after May’s Arena terrorist attack – is to be immortalised in Hyde Park.
Tameside Armed Services Community (TASC) has successfully applied for a grant from We Love Manchester, the charity set up in the aftermath of the bombing, and the veterans are keen to work with members of the community to cultivate what will be a bee-shaped 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 a formal opening of the flowerbed 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, Tameside Armed Services Community are keen to work with anyone who wants to be part of the scheme.”
TASC are happy to hear from individuals, youth groups, schools or anybody who would like to get involved in the project or feels they might benefit from it. For more information e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
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