St Patrick’s kitchen garden, Wapping, celebrate 10 years of fundraising for CAFOD!

Happy 10th anniversary to everyone involved in the kitchen garden at St Patrick’s RC Church, Wapping!

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The parish celebrated a decade of fantastic work last Sunday, 1 June, with a special ceremony and blessing in the kitchen garden led by parish priest, Fr William Nicol.

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The project started when a handful of parish volunteers, led by Lance Lawlor Smith and under the guidance of 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 year to clear the plot of rubbish and make the earth suitable for growing vegetables. From those humble beginnings, the kitchen garden has grown significantly, with new paths paved and new planting beds extended. Every Sunday, the organic produce grown in the garden is sold after mass, with proceeds going towards CAFOD’s work tackling povert and injustice in the developing world.

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

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