Gardening Project

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Father James our parish priest and Ben and Catherine our community gardeners were recently at Lambeth Palace for the launch of Green Health Live 2. Our award winning woodland garden features in this film which was made to encourage the rest of the Church of England to use its green spaces to promote health and wellbeing.


St Paul’s Woodland Garden has won first prize the national Green Health Awards it was announced today. The awards took place at Lambeth Palace during Green Health Live, a conference for professionals and others interested in the healing potential of green space. Our prize was a one off grant of £2000, along with gardening gloves provided by the Worshipful Company of Glovers, seeds and recycled tools.

The new awards, an initiative by the Church Times, celebrate the efforts made by churches and Christian organisations to use gardens and churchyards creatively for well being. Run by St Paul’s Church, Camden Square, the project offers some of the most vulnerable members of the local community – those experiencing social exclusion, or mental or physical ill-health, an opportunity to come together to engage in activities related to gardening and conservation with all the benefits that green space can bring. The project is delivered by Green City Projects and supported by members of St Paul’s congregation and the wider community.

“St Paul’s is a unique project in the area. It encourages people, some of whom have spent most of their adult lives in hospital and are unlikely to engage in mainstream services, to venture out into the community to try a new activity, perhaps for the first time in many years.”
Tilly Williams, Psychology Lead for Rehabilitation, Recovery and Rehabilitation Division, St Pancras Hospital.

St Paul’s Woodland Garden would like to thank The Friendly Hand charity and The Tesco PLC Bags of Help scheme, for their generous support for the programme.

The Church Times article reporting the award can be found here.

St Paul’s Woodland Project runs on a Wednesday morning. If you would like more information, please contact Fr James Elston on email or telephone 0207 424 0724.

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Wednesdays 11am-1pm St Michael’s Church. The Gardening project takes place on Wednesday mornings at St Michael’s Church. The garden is a sanctuary of green space in the busy centre of Camden, which we are very grateful to have, and which is widely used and appreciated.

Volunteers assist our regular gardener in maintaining and beautifying the church garden, through which all visitors enter the church. The project takes place throughout the year, and all help is welcomed, whether occasional or regular.

Tea, coffee and biscuits are provided to help sustain our gardeners’ efforts! It is a satisfying and relaxing opportunity, and also a sociable time. The midweek Mass is at 1pm for those who wish to attend, and that is followed by refreshments.