Please enjoy our two videos, one made by the Bible Society for their Chelsea Flower Show Garden in 2021, and the other made for Gardener’s World in June 2017.
The garden's story
A haven of calm and tranquillity in the heart of Lewisham, St Mary’s Therapeutic Garden is open to anyone who would like a place to sit quietly, and enjoy the beauty and peace it offers." It was created through a joint collaboration between the Ladywell Unit (SLaM) and St Mary’s Church in 2017, to promote mental well-being through gardening. It has perennial beds, wildflower meadows, an orchard, a woodland area and raised beds for vegetables and salads. These are looked after by volunteers, including some from the Ladywell Unit, Mind, and referrals from GP surgeries. Regular gardening sessions take place every Tuesday afternoon, 1-3pm, when everyone is welcome to join in. It is open for visitors to enjoy every day.
During the lockdowns we were pleased to see in how much the local community made use of the Garden - from families with small children to yoga devotees, as well as vulnerable people in need of the solace and safety the Garden provides. Sometimes it's been really busy with people picnicking under the shade of the cherry trees.
We've been absolutely delighted with the way the Therapeutic Garden has really come into its own during this pandemic. We're pleased it's been able to serve the people of Lewisham during a very difficult time. Now that they've discovered it, we're really hoping they will continue to use it as a place of peace, beauty and prayer.