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900 leaflets have now been distributed around the village and initial offers of support include the donation of a garden bench, promises of plants, and several offers of practical assistance on site.

We have sincebeen inundated with donations and offers of plants and we are particularly grateful to Michael Powell, Anne Stow, Richard Reimer and Pamela Baldwin for their generous support and to Barry & Anne Metcalfe, Jill Delaney and her husband, Stan Martin, and Grace & Holly Slatter for help with the first batch of planting.

As soon as the weather improves and the lawn dries out, we will be removing the turf from the planting areas ready for seeding in the late Spring.


Published in the Methodist Recorder

News update 23 March

A second similar article has just been posted in the Cotswold Journal - see:


The Garden Church
Connecting people with nature


Mickleton Methodist Church recently received the National Bronze EcoChurch Award for its achievements in actively addressing environmental issues both local and global - a practical response to caring for the planet..

We are now is the proces of developing the lawn area behind the church as a 'Community Garden' appropriately named 'The Tree Bees' (3Bs) with butterfly/bee-friendly plants, native wild flowers, insect 'hotels' and informative display boards. It should not only become an attractive location but a valuable educational resource too.

The new garden will not only attract bees and butterflies - we hope it will attract people too - both villagers and visitors.


There will be park-style tables, seats, and planters, all made from recycled agricultural plastic called Plaswood which is extremely durable and therefore requires no maintenance; it also very both heavy and therefore difficult to remove.

News update 28 March

The garden furniture has now beed ordered and is expected on or around April 20th. We are delighted to report that Joe Robbins has donated one of the picnic tables in memory of his mother and father. In fact it was Joe's grandfather who built the Joseph Webb Hall!

Next working session

If the weather continues to improve we will be looking at removing the turf and doing some more planting soon - on Easter Saturday morning.



Loss of biodiversity

More than 50% of British wildlife species are now in decline and butterflies and honey bees are high profile species under threat. Improving the availability and variety of food plants can make an enormous difference. Buddleia plants here on the farm just four years ago attracted seven different species of butterflies last summer.


Many fruits and vegetables rely on bees for pollination especially here in the Vale of Evesham but they face a particular threat from 'neonic' - pesticides which harm not only honeybees but many other species, including aquatic insects at the base of the food chain, earthworms and common birds. These pesticides are a major, worldwide threat to biodiversity and ecosystems.

A recent study showed that more than 50% of so-called 'bee-friendly' plants sold at Garden Centres still contain dangerous levels of pesticides. We therefore need to be careful about how we source plants for the new garden.

How you can help

If you would like to make a donation, have garden design skills, are willing to pick up a spade or grow some plants, would be interested in sponsoring a table or a seat or contribute in any other way, please contact:

Mark Boulton
phone 01386 438572