At the beginning of August 2016 and with the help of local friends, Back to Front constructed a living willow sculpture in the shape of a human size snail by the name of ‘Alan’, it is a bit of a mystery why this is so and you better visit the museum to find out! Everyone enjoyed working together to shape the flexible willow into a delightful pattern designed by our lovely frontline workers Jo and Donna. We planted the snail with traditional herbs that anyone can enjoy and admire. Staff from the nearby St James
Living Willow Sculpture at Thackray Medical Museum
Hospital and passer byes have enjoyed the benefits of the raised beds already at the museum. Thackray Medical Museum became his year’s Back to Front growing hub partly as a result of its location at the heart of the community and also as a result of it’s proximity to St James, the largest teaching hospital in Europe. The museum through its staff has been incredibly supportive of the ‘Back to Front’ approach to food growing and we know of at least one colleague there who had never gardened before but has now started her own productive little plot at home! Liz, we won’t tell anyone who you are!. St James Hospital also recognised the benefits to patients, families and staff of food growing and are also developing their own set of raised beds at local hospitals starting with a courtyard at Chapel Allerton Hospital. Well done to the team and pleased to have inspired them somehow! Workshops at both SHINE and Thackray Medical Museum run once per month until the end of this year. We are very grateful to Esmee Fairbairn for supporting us
Come along and join in relief printing into clay to make fragrance stones, herbal diffuser pendants and cane toppers.
Learn about the qualities of the therapeutic herbal beds at Thackray Medical Museum, and propagate cuttings to take home, along with beneficial herbs used with fantastic medicinal in culinary uses.
Meet at the herbal beds next to the car park at 1 pm
For more information and to book a place please contact Emma Goodway: 0113 320 0159 ext: 5 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Back to Front
Family Art Workshop – Thackray Medical Museum (Monday 4 April 11am – 1pm)
Create beautiful prints on cards or a canvas bag.
Some fruits and vegetables which we use regularly have such brilliant shapes – it would be a shame to just eat them!
Create a wild and crazy design or stay sophisticated and simple – it’s up to you!
If you only have a few minutes – why not contribute to our community activity by using a range of interesting composting materials to create a big, imaginative, weird and wonderful face on the floor!
To book a place please contact Emma Goodway email@example.com / 0113 320 0159 (ext: 5)
The growers that attended made vertical growing towers from recycled materials. They also found out how to make a living wall to grow your strawberries and salads and looking at tackling issues of watering by making a self watering bottle tower.
Growers were given strawberries, raspberries and potatoes to take home along with peas, broad beans and salad leaves that were sown during the session.
Back to Front are at SHINE tomorrow from 10.30am – 12pm.
We have potatoes and various seeds to help get you started with growing at home.
Pop along and see us!
If you sign up to the project we can support your growing via our facebook page and visit your growing space if you become one of our active growers.
Spaces still available on the Back to Front workshop this Sunday 20 March, 1pm – 3pm at Thackray Medical Museum.
Get in touch to book a place: firstname.lastname@example.org / 0113 320 0159 (ext: 5)
Grow early and recycle
Grow an interesting variety of chillis, tomatoes and salads to enhance your food and environment this summer.
Re-use your plastic bottles to create bottle propagators, self-watering seed protectors and to grow in confined places by making salad towers. We will provide seeds, compost, pots, materials and inspiration to use your waste and space in innovative ways.
Come along to our FREE food growing workshop at
SHINE, Harehills Road on Tuesday 8 March, 10.30am – 12pm
Find out about how to grow fruit and veg at home
Get helpful tips and ask advice from our knowledgable project facilitators
Drop-in no need to book
Spring isn’t too far away. There’s lots to be getting on with and you can learn more at our events. Look out for our composting special at the Thackray Museum at the end of February. Click on the link below to find out more and book a FREE ticket.
TMM composting flyer final 2