Team making church garden bloom again

The County Care and Fresh Fitness team working on the garden project at St Matthew's Church
The County Care and Fresh Fitness team working on the garden project at St Matthew's Church
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A green-fingered team of volunteers are working to restore a church garden to its former glory.

The grounds of St Matthew’s Church in Skegness had been overgrown and untidy for several years. Now, the lawn and flower beds are receiving some overdue attention thanks to a group of enthusiastic gardeners.

The work is being carried out by Skegness-based County Care which provides support and life skills for people with learning difficulties, autism and mental health issues.

For the past few weeks, the group has been digging, hoeing and raking in a bid to get the garden back to its best.

The project came about after County Care started hosting a weekly coffee morning at the Victorian church in Lumley Avenue.

County Care managing director Maria Shinn said: “The guys love gardening, but the waiting list for allotments is huge and it could take us a year to get one.

“After starting coffee mornings at the church we asked them if they would let us help in the garden. We are hoping to create a vegetable patch and provide a bench where people can sit an relax.”

Fresh Fitness health club and the Skegness Ambassadors team have also been supporting the project.

Personal trainer and lifeguard Shannan Smith said: “It is really good to get outside do something to help the community. I would not say I am a gardener, but it has been a great day and I have really enjoyed it.”

Anyone able to volunteer or donate plants should call Maria on 01754 611153.