Idle Women, Lancashire
Idle Women, started by Rachel and her partner Sis in 2015, was originally based in a touring narrowboat which travelled Lancashire's canals, inviting women to come on board and take part in artist-led creative workshops.
Eventually, with the help of crowdfunding, they purchased a garden along the canal and took up permanent residence there, aiming to turn it into a 'medicinal physic garden dedicated to the health and wellbeing of women'.
In 2019, with Grow Wild community project funding, they embarked on a project called 'From Mud to Medicine', running workshops and events over the course of several months and observing the changes to the landscape and themselves.
They used what they learned during the project to help them in the next phases of the project – the garden is now in the process of being landscaped. When completed, the Physic Garden will provide women with a garden to visit and a study base for medicinal plants and women’s health.
Visit the Idle Women website.