“During the pandemic the church garden at St Mary Magdalen had become very neglected and overgrown,” said Chrissie Riches. “In addition to this, a new Parish Garden room was being completed and so the garden had become like a building site in places.
“Thanks to some parish working parties, and then the on-going work of a couple of parishioners, the garden is being transformed into a space of tranquillity and colour. Some parishioners have also donated plants and seeds from their own gardens to help.
“Now, amongst other things, there are more formal beds of perennial and annual plants, a memorial garden, a lavender parterre, a herb garden, alpines and a beautiful swathe of wildflowers currently in full bloom attracting bees, butterflies and other pollinators.
“We have a bird feeding station, also made by a parishioner, and the garden is also full of birdsong at this time of year. At the front of the church we have planters with plants mainly chosen for their scent and colour,” said Chrissie.
Pictured are parishioners (above) and parish priest Fr Paul Chanh (below), who also posts updates from the garden on our parish Facebook page, enjoying the garden.