Women's Physic Garden
UK group idle women offers a place for all women and girls to belong. Founded by theatre maker Cis O'Boyle and artist/producer Rachel Anderson in 2015, idle women is an arts and social justice project that creates vibrant and adventurous spaces with women and girls in places where they are least imagined.
Last year with the help of over 300 people and a crowdfunding campaign they purchased a canal side garden in residential Nelson, Lancashire, to make the UK's first physic garden for women and girls. Today it was announced that they have won a public vote for charity projects and will receive £50,000 of much needed funding to make the garden fully accessible - to create a new street entrance, wheelchair welcoming paths, handrails, a buggy park and terraced beds for planting.
Magool Founder Leyla Hussein supports this innovative project and congratulates idle women on securing this important new funding. "It is vital that girls and women who have been experienced abuse and sexual violence have safe spaces. The physic garden is a brilliant way to provide a safe and healing environment where girls and women can visit to relax or take part in group activities and workshops. Well done to idle women and I look forward to visiting the garden and seeing it develop."