Peaceful Church Garden, Croxteth

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Father Kenny asked us to redesign his church’s garden, Our Lady Queen of Martyrs and St Swithins, Croxteth, which had become overgrown with weeds.

The brief was to have a main gathering space for outdoor services, baptisms, wedding photos and garden parties; a smaller children’s area with lots of wildlife-friendly plants and a story telling seating area for Sunday school; a sense of enclosure and privacy from the surrounding houses. Above all, he wanted us to create a peaceful, meditative space, befitting of a church garden.

The dimensions of the space are generous – 30m long by 10m wide, giving us plenty of room to be creative. The main space contains a central, artificial grass lawn surrounded by smooth imprinted concrete paving to promote exploration. We incorporated pleached trees for high level screening, to enclose the garden and planted instant yew hedging to screen some unattractive metal railings from view.

For the children’s area, we planted apple and cherry trees, along with blackberries, blueberries and strawberries to provide lots of delicious healthy snacks. We provided year round colour in our planting plan for the main garden, with lots of sensory textures and a host of flowers in summer, especially chosen to attract bees, butterflies and insects.