Wigan church starts working towards silver award by caring for God's earth
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Having already won the bronze prize last year, courtesy of A Rocha Eco Church Awards scheme, a large group of the church family and friends of All Saints CE Church in Appley Bridge got to work on the churchyard.
This included tree husbandry, grave plot refurbishment, wildlife refuge building, bird box installation, raised bed creation and planting fruit bushes along the boundary fence line. All followed by a well-timed lunch in the church as the rain came hammering down.
All work was completed according to the principles of the A Rocha scheme, namely being good stewards of God’s earth.
Reducing waste is a key criteria for the scheme, as home-made compost was used and the donated water butts installation was started in order to reduce mains water being used to water plants. Old food containers were used to grow blackcurrant, blackberry and raspberry plants as well as donated nest boxes being installed on the churchyard trees.
The Vicar, Rev Sue Timmins, said: "Our thanks to everyone who took part, doing the work, providing food and refreshment, donating plants, raised beds, and bringing equipment. We have already had bookings for a session in the churchyard from two local schools in the autumn, and thanks to the generous donations we have received for our project, we are about to embark on major window replacement in the church building.
"God's Kingdom here in Appley Bridge is receiving a huge boost thanks to the prayers, efforts and generosity of his people."