St. Peter’s Church
This garden was started in 2000 on land which was originally used as allotments.
It was cleared of lots of trees, brambles, old greenhouses etc .by members of the congregation of St Peter’s church. Some of the original trees have been left to provide a framework for the garden. Most notable is an ancient apple tree which still bears fruit although rather small and is covered in mistletoe in the winter. This is cut and sold at the town’s Victorian evening in December.
An oval shaped lawn was sown and a brick and tarmac path laid around it. Members of the congregation were asked to sponsor a yard of path. The planting started in the autumn of 2001. Several members of the church gave donations of plants and shrubs or gave money so we could purchase new plants. Seats and trees were given in memory of loved ones.
We had access to surplus plants from Blaise nursery and also form a garden in Pill which was going to be built upon. Since then the garden has matured and evolved. It mainly consists of shrubs and herbaceous perennials which are now well established. It attracts lots of birds and even on one occasion a deer ran out of the bushes!
The garden is maintained by members of St. Peter’s Church and extra help from the friends of Portishead in Bloom. In addition, working parties are arranged by the church on a Saturday morning about 4 times a year to help at busy times or when there is a specific need.
The garden is widely used especially in the summer months for church activities e.g. cream teas, church fetes, barbecues etc. It is also a wonderful space for wedding photos with the backdrop of the church tower. It is frequently used by people in the town for their lunch break, or just for peaceful relaxation or contemplation, especially by those who do not have their own garden.
The garden is maintained organically and the compost heap provides a mulch in the autumn.
We enter the garden into the It’s Your Neighbourhood awards run in conjunction with the RHS South West in Bloom. Judging takes place in July and for the past 5 years the garden has been awarded an Outstanding Award, which is the highest possible!
In the future we hope to display some of the old stone screen from the church in the garden. At the moment this is in storage and we have asked for permission from the diocesan church architect to do this.
Any offers of help are always very welcome. There is always a lot of dead heading and weeding to be done at all times of the year and in the autumn almost the whole garden has to be cut down!
Please do contact: Jane Pagano 01275 848984