Thank you to St Patrick’s RC Church, Wapping, for raising £1,150 for CAFOD’s Lenten appeal. The money was raised entirely through the sale of organic vegetables and produce from the parish’s kitchen garden.
This unique project launched in November 2005 when a handful of parish volunteers, led by Lance Lawlor Smith and under the guidance of parish priest Fr Digby Samuels, were given permission to transform a patch of derelict ground belonging to St Patrick’s Church into a garden. Despite having little or no gardening experience, the group worked through the winter to clear the plot of rubbish and build planting beds.
Now in its seventh season, the kitchen garden has grown significantly, with new paths paved during the winter months, and new planting beds extended and prepared for the coming spring. Sales of produce from the Garden take place every Sunday at 11am.
Well done to everyone at St Patrick’s for their continuing work on this project. A kitchen garden is an excellent way for church communities to live simply. To find out more ways in which your parish can live simply visit http://livesimplyaward.org.uk/.