The South Aisle garden is blooming again!

After the disruption of this spring’s archaeological dig the neglected garden is in the process of being restored to (and some might say surpassing) its former glory. The grey and uninspiring early spring weather did make visiting the garden very interesting but with the onset of May, the efforts of the volunteer gardening team are coming to the fore!

The newly planted lawn is flourishing….

…. the borders along the path to the urn terrace and beyond and bursting with bloom…..

…. and the bench seating is in place with additional table and chair seating on the little upper terrace for people to come in with their coffees and teas readily available from inside the church or possibly even from further afield from Goats That Dance across King Street or by even grabbing a sweet treat from Baps and Bloomers over in New Street.

But even more encouraging is what is happening at the other end of the garden where the exposing of the ancient tombs, vaults and old heating system caused so much dismay and seeming disruption.

This area has reached the landscaping stage wherein the exposed vaults and tombs and re-interred bones have been buried again under a raised bed formed by using the discarded and shattered stones uncovered during the dig.

The original topsoil, which had been removed and bagged up before the digging began is being replaced and a planting scheme is evolving which will hopefully incorporate flowering and scented plants to attract birds and butterflies not to mention a lawn to eventually sit and play on and enjoy the peace and quiet of long summer days.

The gravelled area to the left of the steps will ultimately support the proposed toilet facilities which will be installed by The Church Conservation Trust in the future. In the meantime, the gardens can be visited during the day through the doorway inside St Peter’s. Come in, find yourself a book from the burgeoning book exchange inside the church, grab a coffee and retire for a quiet read and a drink and a little bit of quiet contemplation in the middle of busy Sandwich Town.