Celebrate Spennymoor church gardening project at free festive event

A PRE-CHRISTMAS event will be held this weekend to celebrate the success of a Spennymoor community garden project, to give thanks for the initiative and get residents together for a seasonal sing-a-long.

The Grow at St Paul’s project has transformed the grounds of St Paul’s Church with the creation of four raised flower beds, trees, shrubs and a path to make the site accessible which has enabled local people to grow produce and then taste the fruits of their labour.

Launched two years ago, it gives people of all ages and gardening abilities opportunities to get active, be outdoors, meet new people and learn more about the benefits of gardening at regular sessions and has improved wildlife habitat.

This Saturday, December 1 the church will host an Advent Tree Planting event from 10am to 12noon.

Anyone who wants to help plant new trees and bulbs in the green spaces around the church is invited, and festive refreshments and seasonal music will also be provided during the free event.

Revd Matt Tarling, vicar of St Paul’s Church, said: “This event is not only a good way to give thanks for all that’s been achieved this year, but also to look ahead with expectation to what we’ll be growing next year, particularly as we begin the season of Advent.”.