St Paul’s Camden Square wins Green Health Award
St Paul’s Woodland Garden in Camden Square has won first prize in the national Green Health Awards, it was announced at Lambeth Palace this week. The winning prize was a grant of £2,000 and all shortlisted entrants received a pair of handmade gardening gloves provided by the Worshipful Company of Glovers, as well as seeds and recycled tools.
The new awards, an initiative by the Church Times, celebrate efforts made by churches and Christian organisations to use gardens and churchyards creatively for well-being.
Tilly Williams, Psychology Lead for Rehabilitation, Recovery and Rehabilitation Division, St Pancras Hospital, said:
“St Paul’s is a unique project in the area. It encourages people, some of whom have spent most of their adult lives in hospital and are unlikely to engage in mainstream services, to venture out into the community to try a new activity, perhaps for the first time in many years.”
Fr James Elston, Team Rector of the Parish of Old St Pancras, said:
“It has been wonderful to see how our unused and derelict church garden has been transformed into a space of welcome and fellowship for some of the most vulnerable and isolated people in our community. This transformation from darkness into light is a moving witness of how God’s grace is working in our midst.”
The Woodland Garden project offers vulnerable members of the local community an opportunity to come together to take part in gardening and conservation with all the benefits that green space can bring. It is delivered by Green City Projects and supported by members of St Paul’s congregation and the wider community.
Fr James Elston, the Team Rector of the Parish of Old St Pancras, will be interviewed about winning the award for BBC Radio 4’s Sunday Programme, to be broadcast on 7 October between 7.10 and 7.55 am.
St Paul’s Woodland Garden would like to thank The Friendly Hand charity and The Tesco PLC Bags of Help scheme, for their generous support for the programme.
St Paul’s Woodland Project runs on a Wednesday morning. If you would like more information, please contact Fr James Elston.