The Turnpike Centre Garden Club
Assistant Producer (2021 -)

Artist Frances Disley has been working with The Turnpike CIC and members of the Leigh community to establish a healing and sustainable garden for Leigh town centre. Using the local ecology as inspiration, Frances has developed a series of planting schemes that occupy the existing 1971 flower beds outside of The Turnpike Centre on Leigh's Civic Square.

The garden provides a community hub; a space for re-imagining the Civic Square, for promoting the greening of public spaces, for wellbeing activities and an education space for local children. The project is delivered in partnership with Lancashire Wildlife Trust and forms a connection between urban and local green spaces.

Each bed has its own theme according to the properties of the plants. They are:

First Aid Kit - plants selected for their healing properties including calendula, comfrey, St John's wort, yarrow, witch hazel and lavender.

Tea Bed - herbs that can be brewed for tea including a variety of mints, camomile, lavender and oatstraw.

Aromatics - a blend of plants that offer extraordinary scents that calm and stimulate the senses including jasmine, sage, mint, nicotiana and rose.

De-stress, calmness and wellbeing - including motherwort, dog rose, liquorice and hawthorn.

Colour and pigments - plants that create natural dyes and pigments including woad, madder, indigo, calendula and sunflowers.

This project is part of Wanderland - a creative partnership project between The Turnpike and Lancashire Wildlife Trust.