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Eco Church Garden Project

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The church garden project is beginning to take shape. We would like to be able to make our outdoor spaces flexible, somewhere the people who use our premises can sit quietly and a place to attract insects and other wildlife.
Planters and plants:
We have a contact who will make us some free planters. These are going to be on casters so that we can move them around if necessary. In these we will plant herbs (rosemary, sage, mint, allium, chives, thyme and fennel), wild strawberries and lavender. We will also buy some terracotta pots to plant with nasturtiums, calendula, heartsease violas and borage. A member of the congregation has offered to buy an olive tree and perhaps we will get a fig tree too.
A growing medium:
A costly part of this project is the purchase of a growing medium as we want it to be organic and peat-free. We have settled on Melcourt Silvagrow.
We want to purchase a backless bench to match the seating already there. This will allow for flexible seating.
We would like to put the window grids (removed from the stained-glass windows), on the wall at the back to grow fragrant flowers such as honeysuckle or jasmine against.
Bug hotel:
One of the former members of our congregation, who is an entomologist, is looking into 'bug hotels' for us and a member of the congregation has offered to pay for this.
The front garden:
Here we have been thinking of succession planning and some ideas for plants are hellebores, autumn cyclamen, crocuses, and winter aconites. We are investigating how we can replace the trellis on the wall.
More ideas for the future:
We are thinking about getting a water butt, putting a sedum roof on the storeroom and window boxes on the windowsills.

You are very welcome to join our group or if you would like to contribute financially to this project, we have a local giving page https://localgiving.org/charity/wesleymemorialchurch/

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