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Discover how part of an urban churchyard was transformed to create an award-winning spiritual garden. Lent mini-challenge: biodiversity

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During Lent 2021: min challenge seven: encourage biodiversity:

https://www.chester.anglican.org/Lent

A neglected area of a churchyard in St. Mary’s in Partington, a large social housing estate on the outskirts of Manchester, has been transformed to create a spiritual reflection garden with biblically inspired planting.

The transformation has brought together church members and others from the local community, giving volunteers a sense of purpose and achievement, exercise and recreation, fellowship and friendship, and for some, first steps on a journey of faith.

In 2019 the project won the highest “Level 5 – Outstanding Award” in the Royal Horticultural Society, North West Britain in Bloom "It's Your Neighbourhood" Competition.

The project was also successful in gaining an “Inclusive Neighbourhoods” financial grant from Trafford Council, awarded for projects where residents show pride in where they live, be active in the community, build lasting relationships and have fun!

The churchyard is now a talking point for the town, visited daily by members of the community to rest, remember and pray, and by numerous school and community groups. St. Mary’s hope their work may serve as an inspiration for other churches to see the value in making more of their churchyards for mission and community engagement.

In this webinar we will consider: why change was needed; the work that was done and the challenges involved; the impacts of change for church life; and the lessons learnt.

Caring for God’s Acre will also be there to talk about their work and how they can support you make churchyards also havens for heritage and wildlife. For more information, their website is www.caringforgodsacre.org.uk

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Hannah Jones

hannah.jones@chester.anglican.org

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