Westfield Road, Bishop Auckland
County Durham, DL14 6AE

Church Garden Blog

As the summer rolls on the inevitable rain falls, we can see that the plants have benefitted enormously from nature’s gifts.  The garden is now in full flourish and even the central cross is now adorned with flowers to please the eye and gladden the heart.  God’s gifts truly are a wonder.


A Father was out walking with his little girl and stopped to chat when they saw us tending the garden and harvesting the first of our produce.

They noted the new bench that we were installing and we told them that it had been generously loaned to us as we start to transform the garden into an oasis of calm to welcome all who wished to use it.

As we related the work we were doing and our involvement in the local community initiatives, the little girl said her mummy was having a baby, so we invited them both in to pick some flowers for her expectant Mother.

Father and Daughter both left with happy smiles and the warmth that comes from a simple kindness.


The work on the garden continues apace and the various plants are showing good form. As you can see the regular maintenance has paid off in spades! (well it is a gardening blog and we cultivate smiles too!)


I’ve attached a few pictures of the church garden, particularly for the benefit of those who may not get to see it so often (John and Tony, I guess).

As you can see the white ox-eye daisies and “snow-in summer” are putting on a good show at the moment, are possibly getting a little out of hand – and there’s been a lovely red peony in flower!

Everything else is looking fine, despite the lack of rain and David’s perfectly-mown lawn provides the finishing touch. The cross in the middle of it is slowly starting to fill out with various wild flowers… and we should even have a strawberry harvest before too long!


I hope you’re all keeping well in body, mind and spirit. I’ve been blessed to be able to get out gardening a fair bit, and enjoy popping in at the church from time to time.

The garden there is waking up and looking good; the birds are still emptying the feeders and I’ve seen plenty of bees and butterflies about already. All our new fruit trees are coming into leaf, and Julie’s cherry tree is flowering.

I managed to get the lawnmower working eventually – I think it was the power of prayer! – and hope to keep mowing from time to time.

I took an executive decision and left the little rectangle of grass on the left of the main entrance to grow as a mini meadow for wildlife. I hope that’s OK with you all.

It hasn’t rained for some time and the water butt is empty, so I’ll be watering from the tap for a while, which is presumably helpful in terms of clearing the pipes, too.

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10:00 Gardening Group @ Bishop Auckland Baptist Church
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10:00 BABC Lunch Club @ Bishop Auckland Baptist Church
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10:00 Friendly Heritage Group @ Bishop Auckland Baptist Church
Friendly Heritage Group @ Bishop Auckland Baptist Church
Jul 15 @ 10:00 – 16:00
Weekly sessions provide a healthy shared lunch and combine local heritage and dementia friendly activities to help support and provide people with dementia and their carers with a safe space[...]
10:00 Gardening Group @ Bishop Auckland Baptist Church
Gardening Group @ Bishop Auckland Baptist Church
Jul 15 @ 10:00 – 16:00
 
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10:30 Sunday Service @ Bishop Auckland Baptist Church
Sunday Service @ Bishop Auckland Baptist Church
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13:00 Bible Study Group @ Bishop Auckland Baptist Church
Bible Study Group @ Bishop Auckland Baptist Church
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