“It could look like a forbidding space,” he said.
“Church grounds don’t say ‘keep out’ but sometimes that’s the feeling, so we wanted to make it much more [obvious] that you can come in.
“Unlike your own allotment, what we grow we expect the community to harvest, so it’s very permissive …. but people don’t abuse it.
“There are signs saying ‘pick me when I’m ripe, water me when I look dry’ so children on their way home from school pick up the watering can but also might pick things when they are ripe.”
For those who catch the gardening bug in earnest the parish also has strong links with the local allotments.
“In the area people still have yards and not a lot of space,” he added,
“If we are serious about care of God’s creation we should find ways of getting our hands dirty … it is important to be ‘earthed’ and what better way of doing that.”