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Zanna Foley Davies has retired as head gardener at the Cathedral of St John the Baptist after eight years in which she took the Narthex garden from a wilderness to a gold medal winner in the Anglia in Bloom awards.


Zanna was appointed in autumn 2009 and quickly recruited a team of volunteer helpers who set about transforming the space into the beautiful gardens that can be seen today.

The garden she created catered for Cathedral House, where the priests reside, as well as for visitors. It includes a vegetable garden where produce is grown for the priests in their cooking and for use in the Narthex Garden Café. The café and terrace is now a beautiful spot to enjoy the fabulous garden from.

Narthex General Manager, Gavin Wood, said: “Zanna will be missed, we wish her every happiness in her retirement, and we are all so very grateful that we may continue to enjoy the beautiful garden that she has created.”

Pictured above is Zanna (centre) with some of her volunteer gardeners.

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