The COLOUR Garden
This project is in partnership with Leeds Industrial Museum at Armley Mills and is part of the Outdoors Active and Well project.
We run a weekly gardening session every Thursday afternoon.
We are developing the top garden into a 'Colour Garden', a feast for the eyes all-year-round. We are growing a range of plants for their visual colour and in some cases their dying properties too! We have a rockery section with a cactus bed, a tropical bed with a banana and our Spring bulb show is a beautiful sight too.
We have also now extended our green fingers to the lower part of the site, growing dye plants in larger quantities so we can use them. Find out about our dye experiments here. This end of the site is a habitat haven, there is a beautiful bird hide, a bee bank, a minibeast hotel and lots of bird feeders so come down to see all the creatures who frequent the site too.
The main aims of the group are to transform the garden, take part in something active and fun and feel good about it!
Some people in the group have grown things before, some haven't - we're all learning and everyone is welcome. The group is very calm, friendly with space for gardening quietly or chatting while you tend to the site.
We have achieved a lot but we take it at our own pace, and tea breaks definitely are a key part of the group!
We were awarded Silver for Leeds in Bloom 2019 and have done activities such as basket making, cooking, printing when the weather doesn't allow us to be in the garden.