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Former prisoners and vulnerable residents have transformed these church gardens into a 'sanctuary'

PUBLISHED: 14:44 02 August 2017

No Walls Gardens volunteers have created an 'enchanted garden' at St Botolph's Church

No Walls Gardens volunteers have created an 'enchanted garden' at St Botolph's Church

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Works at the garden have taken 12 months

A team of former prisoners, long-term unemployed and people struggling with mental health issues have together created an “enchanted garden” at a Northfleet church.

No Walls Gardens has completed work in the grounds of St Botolph’s Church which brought together the volunteers to try their hand at gardening and enjoy the great outdoors.

Over the last 12 months, the team have been working on a walled section of the church grounds, dubbed The Enchanted Garden, which they have transformed into a peaceful sanctuary and performance space.

The community group is also working with Ebbsfleet Development Corporation and NHS Dartford, Gravesham and Swanley CCG to plant fruit and vegetables around the local area for the community to help themselves to.

Gravesham councillor Peter Scollard said: “All those involved with the upkeep and transformation of the space have worked so hard, and the fruits of their labour is something that they can all be very proud of. The new space, with wild flower beds and dedicated rest areas, is looking amazing. Dedicated people like Kelly Hall, one of our directors, have made the space in to a tranquil place for the whole community to enjoy.”

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