Today the toddlers came to the Community Garden on their way to storytime in the church with The Revd Jan. Just as in Oscar Wilde’s wonderful fairy-tale ‘The Selfish Giant”, it was as if the garden smiled. Each child picked one of the rosy Jonagold apples that have been hanging invitingly on the espaliered tree and took it into church as a harvest offering. The building rang with the sound of small feet and children’s voices as we thanked God for His generous gifts.
Whenever gardening seems like a chore, it’s good to remember such moments. We have just received the 2018 East Midlands in Bloom “It’s Your Neighbourhood” assessment from the RHS who have classed us as “thriving”, but no-one could possibly quantify the value of being able to share the produce from this small piece of land with our extended community.
Do help yourselves to a bunch of flowers or herbs before the frosts come and if anyone fancies making pumpkin or butternut squash soup, there are some fruits in church for the taking!