What was once a dark and overgrown space at the north side of the Church has been turned into a beautiful space that can be accessed from doors in the Parish Centre or via the garden gate. Access from the Centre includes a ramp for wheelchairs and the garden has been laid out to suit all ages and abilities with wide, level paths and paved area. There are raised beds and plenty of seating, a water feature and lawn, as well as a quiet corner.
The plants have become well established in their first year and the garden has already become a wonderful and important part of the St Barnabas landscape.
The garden is well utilised and appreciated: for special services and events, ‘open garden’ afternoons, Junior Church/Youth Fellowship games and picnic, as well as for everyday use as a beautiful and quiet place to sit in contemplation or in fellowship with friends over a cup of tea. The new garden has also proved a very popular location with Brides and Grooms for their wedding photographs. Click here for more information about getting married at St Barnabas.
The garden has been planted with a series of themes to aid meditation and prayer and a prayer guide explaining the themes and the planting has been produced. This is available to purchase in the Parish Centre for 50p or can be downloaded here: Quiet Garden leaflet. It is hoped that the guides will be used for future prayer, reflection and meditation in the garden: one of its guiding principles.