We wanted to welcome the public onto the church grounds. Many residents were using the green as a short cut to ASDA and the shops or to the clinics, so we built a new garden where people can sit, rest and chat. It is called the Neighbourhood Garden because we at St Paul’s Church want to open our site to the community.
The Garden was officially opened to coincide with the Memory Walk on 19th September 2015 and the celebration of 50 years of Canford Heath Community. The intention is to provide: seating areas in the form of 3 round picnic tables that seat 8 and 4 benches fixed securely in place; a low open hedge around the boundary of the community garden; additional flower beds near the seating areas; sensory areas, edible garden etc; a floral display. The Memory Tree quickly collected a large number of labels, and is available for anyone who wants to mark the memory of a particular person.
Toni Taylor, a tireless volunteer, has written an informative article on the Wildlife Garden area.