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Chelmsford church creates new community garden

10th Jun 2021

A church in Chelmsford has opened a community garden to support people’s health, wellbeing and provide freshly grown produce for the community to share. 

The creation of a community garden at Church of the Ascension, was a project spearheaded by Curate, Revd Julia Lacey. It was officially opened in May with a blessing service led by Julia and Vicar, Fr Tom Page. 

An area at the front of the church has been developed to include three wheelchair accessible raised beds. 

The garden is open for all and It is hoped that it will be used by schools, community groups and those with little or no garden of their own. 

The community are encouraged to use the space to learn about growing their own food and it will also be used to promote healthy eating programmes and support positive mental health and wellbeing. 

Speaking about the project, Tom said:

“The garden is open for the community to use as they wish. We hope people will plant mainly vegetables which may then be harvested and used by those who need them. Gardening can also greatly improve wellbeing and when done with others it can tackle loneliness and social isolation.

“We hope the garden will support our community in a variety of ways. Being at the front of the church, the community garden is easily seen and can be accessed by everyone.”

Visit the Church of the Ascension Facebook page for more photos of the opening and blessing of the community garden