Our social enterprise, Hope Gardening, has been landscaping the new Healing garden at the Roman Catholic Cathedral in Northampton, where one of our patrons, Bishop David, is the diocesan bishop.

There is an open day at the garden this coming Sunday, 15th May to celebrate its completion. Read about that here

This is something of a journey back to our roots. Though not a Catholic charity, we have a long and important relationship with the church, as we were founded there in 1974 by the then bishop’s gardener, Michael Mulligan, feeding people in need from the bishop’s garden.

As a charity that works with people who have sometimes experienced abuse, the aims of the garden, as stated by the diocese, are very welcome:

As part of our diocesan desire to reach out to those who have been hurt by abuse in a sensitive and meaningful way our diocesan safeguarding team, the Hope Centre and our healing and reconciliation group have designed and created a garden on the grounds of our Cathedral”