The thriving churchyard and gardens of St John's came under the spotlight on Thursday February 28th, when Rishi Sunak MP, Minister for Parks & Green Spaces braved the midday showers to get stuck into some planting.
The minister met with St John's community garden volunteers and the Bridge at Waterloo to find out about the church’s work in the Waterloo area. The visit was broadcast on ES London Live.
Mr Sunak heard how St John's gardener Viv Williamson and a group of volunteers from all walks of life created a vibrant wildflower garden over a disused part of the churchyard and planted pollution-reducing hedges along its street-facing front entrance.
Lead gardening volunteer Philippa Owen said: “This is a wonderful example of a successful local collaboration with Lambeth Council that results in a place that improves everyone’s health and well-being. It was good to be able to show the Minister around.”
Daniel Gregory, programme director of The Bridge at Waterloo, St John’s employment training charity, said: “It was fantastic to be able to tell Mr Sunak about all our jobs-skills training, especially as he seemed so supportive.”
“We’re thrilled to see our churchyard and community work flourishing,” said Canon Giles Goddard, vicar of St John’s Waterloo. “It's all about growing people."
Photos: Helena Smith
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