Photography by Livia Lazar


Artist Frances Disley has been working with The Turnpike 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.

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.

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. 



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


Frances Disley is a visual artist based in Liverpool. She has recently completed a highly successful 2-year commission for the Turnpike, working with Fallen Angels Dance Theatre to explore positive approaches to addiction and mental health through the medium of dance and visual art. Since 2018, she has been working on a series of commissions for Human Libraries, Merseyside. Her current project Freshly Cut Grass consists of a series of sound works taking the form of guided imaginary journeys, workshops, planting and wellbeing activities centred on the healing power of plants.

A huge thank you to our supporters on this project:

Brighter Borough, Kenyon Hall Farm, Lancashire Wildlife Trust and Wigan Council.