The Pankhurst Garden

Sep 12, 2018
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Category: General

Lorraine Worsley Carter MBE DL attended the opening of the Pankhurst Garden, led by Lord Mayor Councillor June Hitchen. The Garden, located at the Pankhurst Centre in Manchester, was designed by Janet Leigh to tell the story of the incredible women who won the vote, and was made possible by a crowd-funding campaign. The Garden also offers a therapeutic space for women and children who use Manchester Women’s Aid.

Featured in the picture is (left to right) Bex Shindler of the Pankhurst Trust; Janet Leigh, Pankhurst Garden designer; Lorraine Worsley Carter MBE DL; Lord Mayor of Manchester, Councillor June Hitchen and her Consort, Councillor Carmine Grimshaw.

Design of the space was based on Edwardian knot gardens, a term used to describe a formal garden laid out in an intricate design. The use of box hedging reflects the restrictions and confinements that women were living in and fighting against at the time of the suffragettes, while vibrant plants in the colours of purple, white and green depict the colours adopted by the women’s suffrage movement; purple for dignity, white for purity and green for hope.

Red planting outside the parlour window symbolises the hardship, personal sacrifice and loss of life endured by the women who led the movement. Plant varieties with female names were also selected to remember some of the women who fought so hard for equality.

Lavender was donated to the garden in memory of Councillor Sheila Newman, who died in February 2018, by her Labour sisters.