Partners: The Friends of the Storey Gardens, Dallas Road Community Primary School, The Dukes & Lancaster Arts Partners.

Throughout 2015, Green Close collaborated with the Friends of the Storey Gardens, exploring the history of this unique piece of land that has been so valued by members of the community.

Oral histories of the gardens were gathered which included memories of the place as a playground to a former technical school, a site for Anderson air-raid shelters in World War 2 and the location for an international artwork by Mark Dion – The Tasting Garden.

Historic images held at Lancashire Archives ref DDX431/4 grounds of Castle Park house undated (c. 1920), Map Stephen Mackreth 1778; central image The Tasting Garden by Mark Dion, 1998, (detail showing Czar Plum) Photographs by Darren Andrews of How Did Your Garden Grow installation, 2014

Local school children created artworks and lanterns in response to this history and the Garden was transformed by beautifully lit visual and audio installations during a very wet November evening

How Did Your Garden Grow installation by Green Close, 2014