The Golden in Gardening

The Golden in Gardening

So today I went off to meet the gardener in a local Church I really like. He works there every Thursday morning for a couple of hours. I wanted to know if he needed any help and had any jobs planned. The answer? Of course!

Boom there it is, pretty much most of the criteria for the new Church Times Green Health Awards. On closer inspection, we found that the details of the award fit nicely with what he would like to do, we just need to invite others in and enjoy the opportunity we have in our Churches to allow everyone access to the health benefits of simple gardening. I couldn’t wait to get there, to breathe after a very busy 2 weeks. We all have such busy lives, we are all going faster, we have so much going on, but to put the phone on silent and to discuss this opportunity, on the bench, in the Church garden was complete bliss.

Some of the things the gardener wanted to do were also part of the Green Church Kernow Award Scheme. “Could do with putting up a bird box, oh we have a great carpenter, he might make some with people. Definitely need a water butt, we are making a compost pile….”

“Well it sounds to be like you might be the Green Champion in your Church!” I said, it sounds like you are going to be ticking off some award criteria easily, you have already invited me (Diocesan Environment Officer) to speak in your Church, if you talk about possibly having a once a month “gardening club” at the the time you would normally be here gardening, doing those things, in the church magazine and on the noticeboard you are almost close to a Bronze Award and can register with the Church Times Award too!

To avoid any ‘extra work’ I asked if the water butt should be delivered or collected, should funding be found for something like that specifically. “Oh delivered, bit tricky otherwise…” So I popped into a family run garden centre on the way back to the office. They were delighted to help, offering reduced delivery fees & advice when required, offered over a steaming coffee. What a fab morning! All fits nicely with the 25 Year Environment Plan from government; enabling people to enjoy local natural spaces, could also be a spring board to bigger things towards a Living Church Yard Scheme or even contributing to the future Social Prescribing opportunities.


Watch this space!