The Church in the Garden project aims to convert a piece of land to the rear of Winston Grange (the vicarage next to the church), into something beautiful.
The objective is to create a place of safety and peace as well as a beautiful garden in which to be thankful and celebrate God’s awesome creation.
We are blending two ideas; bringing together elements of both an allotment type garden and a landscaped garden, and for this we plan to create three zones.
The closest area to Winston Grange will have four long and split level raised beds for flowers and vegetables. The central area will be a gravelled labyrinth with seating. the remaining area will be planted with shrubs and small trees, with a hedgerow border.
We have now made some progress. We have harvested some vegetables, started to build an irrigation system to save as much rain water as possible and the sensory border is now planted to mature into next year.
We have been successful in gaining a grant of £2,000 to move us through the next stage.
This will include constructing a level sandstone pathway around the perimeter of the garden; taking out the difficult digging problems we are having by removing the builder’s rubble from the sun ray bed areas; developing the children’s area with a cross shaped willow tunnel & digging out holes and a trench for the late Autumn arrival of four trees and a hedgerow.
This stage will give the whole garden structure, and we hope by Winter it will look even more like a garden for people to start to explore and sit. However, once this stage is completed, we will have very little money left.