Donation boost for prayer garden
A new prayer garden is close to completion after receiving a generous donation.
The Gateway Church recently purchased the former Wyvern School in Clockhouse, South Ashford, and is working to expand its services at the location, which will be known as The Riverside.
Carol Skitt has been a member of the church for more than two years and came up with the idea to include a prayer garden.
She said: “The prayer garden is for the whole community, so people that live in flats, that don’t have a garden or people that have lost their gardens are all welcome.
“The garden is open for people to worship and be a part of the church and the community.
“It will be absolutely lovely, that’s what we’re hoping.”
Mrs Skitt asked the community for help and received a quick response from nearby garden centre Dobbies, which went on to donate over £500 worth of gardening items.
These included flowers, plants, pots, sleepers, trellises and even an arch.
Sarah Giles, a community events coordinator at the Ashford branch, was on hand to pass the items over to the church on Friday.
She said: “We like to get out into the community and to give a little bit back. I can’t wait to see the garden once it’s finished.”
A spokeswoman for Dobbies said: “We want to help make our local landscape a little bit greener and that’s what we’ve done since we launched the Helping Your Community Grow campaign in 2010.”
“Dobbies donates plants and gardening equipment to good causes. We offer products, equipment, support and help (but not cash donations) to revamp any outdoor space to make it a wonderful space to spend time, grow produce and have fun.”
The prayer garden is expected to be completed and ready to open at the end of September.
To get involved or donate items call 01233 638866
A lot of work has been done on the grounds to make it suitable for the prayer garden
Sarah Giles, Carol and Robin Skitt and Graham Hall with the donation from Dobbies