Although not officially affiliated with Sandwich in Bloom the following local groups and organisations are doing their bit to make Sandwich beautiful and maintain close links with SiB.
St Clement’s Church
As a sponsor of Sandwich in Bloom St Clement’s Church is working in conjunction with Sandwich in Bloom to enhance and improve the local environment. The following articles, previously published in The Signal, document the progress of a group of volunteers who, with the support of Roger Wragg from Dover District Council, are ‘rediscovering’ the churchyard at St Clement’s, parts of which had become overgrown and neglected and restoring it to its former glory This is a long term project but as you will read in the articles one which has begun to capture the imagination of parishioners and visitors alike.
St Peter’s Church
The project to improve ‘St Peter’s Gardens’– the Churchyard and the piece of land south of Milk Alley, now known as the ‘Milk Alley Garden’ – got underway in October 2018. This was prompted by Sandwich in Bloom when they approached Chris Day, one half of the husband and wife team responsible for tending ‘The Secret Garden’ – the former South Aisle of St Peter’s.
A team of volunteers, known as the chain-gang, have worked wonders. A full description of their achievements and ongoing work is provided in the document below
Co-op Secret Garden
The garden was originally started by a couple of members of staff who just wanted somewhere nice for themselves and their colleagues to have a break. Over the last few years momentum has grown. Especially in 2019, in part they have been inspired by this years community partners Sandwich in Bloom, through conversations with people from the committee e.g. Sarah at Archers Low and Howard. Not forgetting the awareness stand that SiB did in the store. Their planters have been built by a staff member’s husband in his spare time , using reclaimed pallets and decking. Their Secret garden is funded, maintained and enjoyed by staff. Its a great place to have a break and just shows what you can do with a little imagination and lots of commitment.
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