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A heart for the community in Bunclody

Many parishes around our island are considering how they can make the most of their land in a generous way. The Revd Trevor Sargent, Rector of the Bunclody Union of Parishes, reports on a project that will both help to look after the local environment and serve the community in and around the town.

‘Here in St Mary’s, Bunclody, we are in the process of creating a raised bed gardening area in front of the church in the shape of a large heart – as in the attached photograph which shows the project at an early stage.

‘We’re hoping to divide the heart shaped garden into four beds for the purpose of rotation sowing. The path will transect the garden in the shape of a cross which will be visible from the road (or from a drone)!

‘Some of the overgrown rhododendron bushes in front of St Mary’s Church, were cleared over the summer, to make way for more pollinator–friendly native plants, which will be planted in the shape of a large heart, to signify to all passers by that ‘God is love’, (1 John 4:16).

‘Farming parishioners with access to suitable machines spent a long Saturday cutting, clearing and shredding. There was much debris to be cleared also from years of accumulated litter under the bushes.

‘This message may become more tangible whenever we have food to share from this garden.’

The work party after clearing rhododendron in the grounds.
The work party after clearing rhododendron in the grounds.


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