Coriander, Lavender, Sorrel, Chives, Mint, Rosemary… all chosen for our new herb garden at Church. Year 6 children of both St Chrysostom’s and St John’s Schools joined together on a great community and church project at the end of their school year. By tradition the children of the schools (now in the St John Chrysostom Federation) work together on a church project which benefits the community too. It’s great that this is also something as they leave primary school that in future they will see. In the past Year 6s have made mosaics, banners, a book of poems. This year a herb garden.
It was a fantastic project led by Stuart Bowman who does gardening at both schools. The children designed the garden, having examined the location. Together they prepared the ground, they then chose carefully the herbs and worked out the best position for them. And there was more. Wood labels for the herbs of the garden were made, a special book commemorating the project was put together and given to church, and children also worked on a leaflet explaining the project which was freely available for children, and visitors to church. (See: Herb_Garden_Leaflet)
Then on Monday 17th July the children returned to church for the dedication. We heard passages from the Bible and from the Quran encouraging us to appreciate our beautiful world and to care for it. We thanked all involved and then we went outside to the garden itself.
To mark the dedication Mr Elswood, (Executive Headteacher), ably assisted by Mr Bowman and children, planted a Hyssop (‘the holy herb’) plant. Fr Ian blessed the garden and said a prayer, not only of dedication, but also a prayer of blessing for the children.
Thank you for this lovely, traditional, herb garden, Year 6 children. May it be a small, but significant, sign to us all of cooperative working between people of different faiths for the good of the whole community.