Do­na­tion boost for prayer gar­den

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - News - By Kristina Cur­tis

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

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