‘The earth is the Lord’s and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it; for he founded it on the seas and established it on the waters.’ Psalm 24:1-2
As part of our wider vision of caring for God's creation, we have been working on transforming the All Saints garden area into a more wildlife friendly area. This is part of our ongoing mission to care for God's creation which includes a monthly Eco prayer and discussion meeting, teaching and collaborating with the wider church including the Canterbury Deanery. We have hit the ground running, wanting to be practical in our approach to being an environmentally aware church. Carefully adhering to COVID guidelines we have been carrying out our plan to create a beautiful social space which has nature’s needs in mind.
We have a patch of grass sitting adjacent to the Church building. It is surrounded by hedgerows, which to be honest, have planted themselves there and largely been ignored. We started our eco project by identifying the saplings and trees in the hedge. We identified Ash, Willow, Sycamore, Cherry and Elder). The hedge had become a trap for litter and so this was picked up and disposed of. Following this the hedge was pruned and the area tidied. We then renamed this area as ‘The All Saints Church Garden’, in recognition of what it is to become.