New look for church garden

A DERELICT piece of church land will be transformed into a beautiful wildlife garden thanks to some hardworking volunteers and a big cash boost. Thirty six people from seven different community groups joined forces to plant an incredible 15,000 bulbs at S

A DERELICT piece of church land will be transformed into a beautiful wildlife garden thanks to some hardworking volunteers and a big cash boost.

Thirty six people from seven different community groups joined forces to plant an incredible 15,000 bulbs at St Thomas' Church Yard, in Haydon Road, Dagenham, last Saturday (October 17).

The garden, which has previously been neglected, will be in full bloom next spring and open for all to enjoy.

The project is being funded by a �9,430 grant from Church Urban Fund and Grantscape.


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St Thomas Church was one of only four faith-based community groups in London to be awarded the money, which must be used to develop green public spaces.

Rev. Peter Wyatt said contractors first spent a week clearing the ground of grass, weed and rubbish before the volunteers took over.

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Speaking of the mass bulb planting day, which was supervised by the council's Senior Conservation Ranger, Gareth Winn, he said:

"Three dozen people, young and old, worked very hard for several hours, refreshed by constant teas and bacon sandwiches, to turn an eyesore into a haven for plants and wildlife.

"I think the space will look spectacular next year.

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