The Parish of St. Paul, Oldham

St. Paul's Church Garden

Over the last few months, our plans for the garden have finally been moving forwards:

  • We have received grants from Manchester Diocese, and Local Councillors for the railings at the back - to add to money previously received from Tesco Bags of Help.
  • We reapplied for planning permission, on the basis of our amended plans to fill in the steps at the back of church.
  • The railings have now been put up, at the top and bottom of the paved area behind the church, to secure it, and make it safe.
  • Already, two teams of volunteers have been in the church grounds, from the congregation and Guides - planting shrubs and digging up overgrown ones.
  • The Garden Task group has met to plan how to make best use of the space available to us at the front and at the back

We are grateful to Manchester Diocese, Local Councillors, Tesco Bags of Help, and Members of St. Paul's for their financial support of this project.

We look forward to moving forward with our plans to develop the enclosed area, and make it green and attractive - and as biodiverse as possible! We know that St. Paul's Guides are keen to expand their Annual Plant Sale, using the space to grow more plants. The best places to put a polytunnel, and raised beds can now be investigated.

Diary of Improvements

Completed Bottom Railings November 2020:
The Bottom Railings were completed
Completed Top Railings March 2021:
The Top Railings were completed
Shrubs in the bed at the foot of the Vestry Steps March 2021:
Shrubs were planted by the Vestry Steps