This summer we’re putting the fields back into St Martin’s with a temporary garden in our courtyard
In the last few years, we have all learnt to cherish our green and outdoor spaces. And thanks to the generosity of our supporters, we have been able to do the same here at St Martin’s.
At the centre of London, our portland stone courtyard, has burst to life with salvias, mint and nasturtiums connecting us to the created world. A seating area built from scaffolding donated by MYCO Contracts Ltd, offers visitors a place relax and escape the hustle and bustle of Trafalgar Square.
Working with landscape architects FFLO, this project has been designed to make a difference to people experiencing homelessness and improve the well-being of the entire community. The gardening group from Connection, along with members of the congregation, will maintain the garden throughout the summer.
It’s been some time – 800 years even – since St Martin’s was known for its fields. And while this community garden is a nod to our past, it also looks to our work away from Trafalgar Square.
In south London, we’re in the early stages of a building redevelopment project called 18 Keys, creating a sanctuary for women who have experienced the trauma of homelessness. At the heart of the scheme will be a communal garden that will help residents begin to heal and nurture a sense of community.
Further afield, the Global Neighbours group at St Martin’s are supporting a community garden in Palestine. The Wi’am Conflict Resolution Centre and Garden is situated under the watchtower of one of main checkpoints in Bethlehem. The garden is designed to offer children and young people a peaceful place to play and equip them with tools to cope with the psychological, social and physical burdens on them.
Back in heart of London, we know green spaces offer moments of oasis and calm. We hope that as you visit this summer, you’ll find a moment (or more) of healing and nourishment in our community garden.
Our thanks to supporters of the Spirit of St Martin’s campaign who have helped fund this new project. Thanks to you, the spirit of St Martin’s will bloom for many years to come.