Peace garden and labyrinth for Poole
A specially created ‘quiet garden’ and labyrinth has been opened in Poole.
The project, the work of local parishioners, was officially opened by Rev Barry Wilson.
The small Methodist chapel has been in Poole for 175 years and is one of the oldest chapels in the Cheshire South Methodist Circuit.
Rev Malcolm Lorimer said: “We have created a community quiet garden at the back of the chapel which will be open all year round.
“It is hoped it will be on the tourist trail in Nantwich as a place to visit.
“The garden and labyrinth is a beautiful and spiritual area which will increase the use of the chapel.
“Local schools are interested in bringing children and there will be opportunities for learning and interaction.
“We have used local labour and volunteers to help create and maintain the garden and formed a group of people who will act as Friends of the Quiet Garden and support it.”
Funding has been obtained through fundraising events and various grants.
Rev Lorimer added: “We have raised over £10,000 to complete the garden, it is going to be supported by voluntary contributions.
“We believe that this will be a community asset that will reflect the peace and calm felt in the chapel and help us keep the chapel alive to help us reach 200 years of witness.
“Thanks to Cheshire East, Worleston Parish Council, St Oswalds, and The Methodist Circuit for help with grants. Also to the many people who gave voluntary contributions and those volunteers and helpers who have helped create the garden.”