Press

Dig the City press releases can be downloaded here.

Dig the City has so far attracted over £4million AVE of press coverage, across a range of local, regional and national titles, online and broadcast outlets.

For media requests and information please email Lucy at Lucy Allen PR (or call on 07968 145 611) or email Jennifer at Lemon Zest PR (or call on 07708 155 501 or 01757 268 283).

2015 Festival: Press Releases

1. Dig the City Show Gardens announced. 27.05.15 Download here
2. NCP announced as 2015 Headline Sponsor. 8.06.15 Download here
3. Volunteer at Dig the City. 16.06.15 Download here
4. Family entertainment programme announced. 23.06.15 Download here
5. Dig the City marks its launch with floral umbrellas. 1.07.15 Download here
6. Coronation Street The Tour announces show garden. 8.07.15 Download here
7. What’s On – Full festival programme announced. 16.07.15 Download here
8. One Big Shopping Weekend. 20.07.15 Download here
9. Food and Drink at Dig the City. 22.07.15 Download here
10. Gold standard gardening. Dig the City medals announced. 3.08.15 Download here
11. Hundreds of children make a splash at giant water fight. 3.08.15 Download here
12. Dig the City success takes root. 13.08.15 Download here

2015 Coverage Highlights

DOWNLOAD FULL 2015 PRESS COVERAGE REPORT HERE (pdf)

BBC 1, The National Lottery
BBC North West Tonight – Lunchtime News (31 July)
BBC North West Tonight – Evening News (31 July)
Classic FM – Win a 4* trip to Manchester for Dig the City
Heart FM – Dig the City of Manchester
Key 103 – Manchester goes green
BBC Radio Manchester – Venessa Scott (University of Salford) Interview
BBC Radio Manchester – Diarmuid Gavin Interview
BBC Radio Manchester – Tim Knight (Hulme Community Garden Centre) and Tom Jameson (Chorlton Post Box Cafe) Interview 
BBC Radio Manchester – Phil Schulze (Heart of Manchester BID Manager) and Wild Rumpus Interview

Manchester Evening News – Dig the City boosted city centre retailers
Manchester Evening News – Dig the City comes to a suitably wild end with mass waterfight
Manchester Evening News – 31 July, City Life special Dig the City edition
Manchester Evening News – Gold medals for green fingers
Manchester Evening News – Pictured – Dig the City opens in Manchester
Manchester Evening News – Things to do with the kids this weekend
Manchester Evening News – Festival is giving a lucky shopper £1000 prize
Manchester Evening News – Harvey Nichols Grey Goose Terrasse opens
Manchester Evening News – Feast as well as flowers as restaurants jump on board
Manchester Evening News – Mr Bloom and Wild Rumpus bring family fun 
Manchester Evening News – Win prizes with the National Trust 
Manchester Evening News – Wythenshaw scheme up for National Lottery award 
Manchester Evening News – Dig the City returns to paint the town green
Manchester Evening News  – Manchester’s shops get in the Dig spirit
Manchester Evening News – Coronation Street The Tour garden to appear at Dig the City
Manchester Evening News – Dig the City is ready rain or shine with floral umbrellas
Manchester Evening News – Your childhood garden memories
Manchester Evening News – Where is Dig the City and how to get there
Manchester Evening News – Manchester’s prettiest parks and picnic spots
Manchester Evening News – Special edition cider and mountain streams

Daily Mirror – Diarmuid Gavin column, Dig the City focus
Telegraph – Dig the City 2015 – The best gardens
Daily Mirror – 99 brilliant days out for a super summer
Express online – Horrible Histories horticulture and RHS winners light up Manchester’s free garden festival
Huffington Post – Free things to do in the summer holidays
Kitchen Garden – Dig the City, Manchester’s summer garden festival 
Horticulture Week – Dig the City announces show garden medals
Horticulture Week – Dig the City gives away half a million seeds
Lancashire Life (July ed.)
Bolton News – Sweet smell of success for garden designer
Didsbury Magazine
Culture 24 – Manchester is about to be turned into a giant garden
Kids Guide – Dig the City 2015
Homes and Gardens (July ed.)
Lancashire & North West Magazine
Northern Soul – Photo gallery
Newslocker – Mr Bloom and Wild Rumpus bring family fun
LGBTV – Mr Bloom and Wild Rumpus bring family fun
Time Out – Dig the City brightens up Manchester
Manchester Confidential – Dig the City 2015- 5 things not to be missed
Manchester Confidential – Dig the City 2014 – The Winners
Creative Tourist – Dig the City in pictures, don’t miss this
Creative Tourist – In the diary, 3-9 August
Creative Tourist – Gardens, cocktails and a massive water fight
Visit Manchester – Dig the City event portal
Marketing Manchester – Manchester’s summer garden party returns
MCR Magazine
Manchester Wire – Urban gardening fest with food, fashion and music
VIVA Manchester – Dig the City blossoms next week
VIVA Manchester – Coronation Street The Tour team up with Dig the City
VIVA Manchester – Dig the City set to bloom as Dig the City returns next month
VIVA Manchester – Dig the City will blossom in Manchester this summer
Manchester Gazette – Kid’s can paint at Manchester Arndale
Manchester Gazette – Coronation Street Tour teams up with Dig the City
Manchester Gazette – Dig the City gives away half a million seeds
Mums in the Know – Dig the City Manchester
City Planter – Help to grow a garden for Manchester
A-Magazine – Dig the City brings nature to Manchester’s streets
About Manchester – Dig the City reveals festival programme
About Manchester – Coronation Street The Tour teams up with Dig the City
Bitten Magazine (July ed.)
Merci – Dig the City 2015
That’s Manchester – Dig the City video coverage
I Love MCR – We dig the city, do you?
24 Dash – Dig the City garden breaks down the barriers
Hey Event – Manchester’s summer garden festival
Money Saving Expert 
Pocket Manchester – Pocket Guide to Dig the City
National Trust – Things to see and do
Wild Rumpus – Run Wild Child
Grow Wild – Summer road show
Manchester Cathedral – Dig the City is back
NCP – Parking for Dig the City 2015
NHS – Pupils grow goodies for charity RMCH garden 
University of Salford – Salford gets ready to Dig the City
Incredible Edible – Join us at Dig the City 
Food Futures – Food Futures at Dig the City
Manchester Arndale – Looking for things to do this summer?
Manchester Arndale – Kid’s can paint the city’s largest flower garden
Selfridges – Dig the City at Selfridges Exchange Square
Harvey Nichols – Grey Goose Terrasse
Volunteering for Wellbeing – Volunteer at Dig the City
Select Property – Sponsoring Dig the City
Manchester City Council – Market Street Market
Royal Exchange – Don’t miss Dig the City this weekend

2014 Press Coverage

DOWNLOAD FULL 2014 PRESS COVERAGE REPORT HERE (pdf)

Daily Mirror – Diarmuid Gavin Column (16 Aug)
Gardeners World – Gallery
The Telegraph – Gallery
BBC North West Tonight (31 July)
BBC News
BBC Radio Manchester – Rachel de Thame and Diarmuid Gavin
The Independent
BBC Radio Manchester (Diarmuid Gavin interview)
The Telegraph (The Green Scene in Manchester)
Radio 4 Gardeners’ Question Time (1 & 3 Aug transmission)
BBC Radio Manchester Becky Want Show
Classic FM (Win a weekend in Manchester with Grono UK and Dig the City)
National Trust.org.uk
The Guardian (Best UK Gardening Festivals)
Mail on Sunday (Garden Festivals Round-Up)
Manchester Wire
Manchester Evening News – City centre shops and restaurants predict huge footfall for this year’s Dig the City
Manchester Evening News – Manchester’s huge urban gardening festival kicks off this weekend
City Life (Festival round-up)
Days Out Summer 2014 Guide – Manchester Evening News
City Life (Dig the City Column: Parklife – National Trust’s Urban Gardener Sean Harkin looks back at the planting in Manchester’s public spaces)
City Life (Dig the City Column: Getting your hands dirty is today’s big trend, says celeb gardener Diarmuid Gavin)
City Life (Dig the City Column: Giving wildlife a home within a home, with Friends of the Earth)
City Life (Dig the City Column: Top 10 tips for growing your own, with R4 Gardener Question Time’s Paul Peacock)
CityLife (Dig the City Column: Highs and Lows of creating a Show Garden, with Hulme Community Garden Centre)
City Life (Dig the City Column: Grow Your Own, Tips on Urban Gardening)
CityLife (Diarmuid Gavin to Headline)
Gardening and Hardware Times
MCR Magazine (Summer Festivals Round-Up)
BBC Staff Intranet
Manchester Evening News
Mums Net
City Planter
Landscape Juice Network
Gabriel Ash
Kitchen Garden
A-Magazine
Visit Manchester
Visit Manchester – win a weekend break for two with Cross Country Trains
Manchester Confidential
Manchester Cathedral
Pro Landscaper
RHS Magazine
Viva Magazine
Publico.pt
Andy Smith Illustration
Culture 24
I Love Manchester.com
Creative Tourist
Harvey Nichols
Cross Country Trains
Our Castlefield
Capture your Night
Visit Salford
Horticultural Week
Manchester Evening News (10 Remarkable Manchester trees)
Total Guide to Manchester
Plantscape UK
NCP
Peppa Pig.co.uk
Mums in the Know
Manchester Friends of the Earth
Royal Exchange Theatre
Landscape Juice Network
Grono
Magneticnorth
Cross Country Trains – win a weekend break
Hot Deals
What’s On Where
TransPennine Express.co.uk
Manchester Evening News (20 beautiful Hanging Baskets in Manchester)
Manchester Evening News (Top chefs Simon Rogan and Aiden Bryne create special themed menus for Dig the City)
In the Garden Magazine
Tesco Magazine (July/August)
Emerald Street
Shopping Centre Magazine
BBC Things to Do – National Trust at Dig the City
Mums in the Know Hale
Toms Travels
Incredible Edible Salford
Hulme Community Garden Centre
Mancunian Matters
Manchester Confidential – Gold Standard Gardening
Beaumont Organic Blog
Countryside Catch up blog – National Trust
Friends of the Earth
Fashion Rambler
Country and Town House Magazine
Lily Kitten
Northern Soul, Life on Pig Row
Wow 247
Contagious Blog
The City Planter

2013 Press Coverage

Manchester Evening News
Granada Reports – 3 August news
Sir Richard Leese – Leader of Manchester City Council blog
Laura Ashley
Lilykitten Blog
Reallynicefood Blog
Little Dudes Blog
Curated Place – the making of Jason Hackenwerth’s ‘Dance of the Honey Bee’
Stylist/Emerald Street
Phil Tragen Photography Blog
Hungry Hoss – Harvey Nichols Dig the City Dinner
Hungry Hoss – Simon Rogan at The French
MEN – Gardening fans dig in and Monty Don visits Manchester (with picture gallery)
Manchester Confidential
Daily & Sunday Express
Living Edge
Manchester Gazette
Viva Magazine
The Skinny
BBC Radio 2 Steve Wright in the Afternoon Show – Rachel de Thame interview
BBC Radio Manchester – Becky Want Show
BBC Things to Do – Monty Don
BBC Things to Do – National Trust’s “50 things” activity
Lancashire & North West Magazine
Manchester Confidential – Harvey Nichols Dig the City Dinner
Manchester Evening News – Monty Don
MCR Magazine
Greater Manchester Business Week
City Life
Homes & Gardens Magazine
National Trust
Visit Manchester
Creative Tourist
Manchester Confidential
Manchester Wire
Manchester Gazette
Manchester Evening News
Manchester’s Finest
Culture 24
City Life
Countryside Magazine
Horticulture Week
Taste of Manchester
Transpennine Express
Transpennine Express Explorer Magazine
Selfridges – Supports Dig the City
Harvey Nichols – Champagne Garden
Manchester W.I. – Dig the City Fete
Your Source Today
Mums Net
Families Cheshire
I Love Manchester
MSN Food
MSN Travel
Urban Gardening Project
Child Friendly
Tom’s Travels
Metrolink
Taste of Manchester
Manchester City Council
Manchester Cathedral
Groundwork
Recycle for Greater Manchester
Prolific North
NewsUK24
Southern Allotments Society
Dreamscape Gardens
Manchester Gazette
Contrary Life
Didsbury Life

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