GREEN-fingered volunteers are being called to help give a Leamington churchyard a revamp.
All Saints’ Parish Church has partnered with community organisation Achieving Results in Communities to transform the old churchyard in the town centre into a haven for reflection, wellbeing and wildlife.
Volunteers will help transform the grassy area south of the church into a welcoming space for contemplation in nature. This is the second phase of work as a wildflower area has already having been created in the enclosed area to the east of the church.
ARC will be running free weekly sessions each Friday from 10am until 12pm, with a focus on gardening for wellbeing and wildlife. Participants will be invited to share their ideas of the design and get involved in planting and maintenance of the space, habitat creation and natur- based crafts. There will be time to relax and chat with light refreshments provided.
ARC director Kath Pasteur said: “We are hugely excited to be partnering with All Saints’ Church to deliver this initiative. The former churchyard at All Saints’ Church is in need of regeneration. Our experience shows that spending time outdoors contributing positively to our local environment has a wide range of health and wellbeing benefits for people. This alliance will result in an inspiring, creative and relaxing space where nature and people can thrive alongside one another.”
The initial work is funded by Warwick District Council and planting will focus on enhancing biodiversity, with trees and shrubs alongside seasonally changing perennial flowers.
No gardening skills will be required by those wishing to get involved and all tools will be provided.
Father Christopher Wilson, Vicar of All Saints, added: “We can now see our vision of creating a restful, beautiful space for our whole community being delivered, supported by ARC’s tremendous knowledge, expertise and outreach experience.”