The Holy Family parish in Penzance is celebrating after being awarded £9,900 in funding from The National Lottery Community Fund, the largest funder of community activity in the UK, and £4,674 as a Community Gardens Award from the National Garden Scheme. The church will use their funding to create a new community garden in the heart of Penzance in an area of the parish currently under development (as seen in the picture). This will be a peaceful green oasis in the midst of urban housing and a great way to show the parish’s care for creation. ‘Each community can take from the bounty of the earth whatever it needs for subsistence, but it also has the duty to protect the earth and to ensure its fruitfulness for coming generations.’ (Laudato Si’ #67)

National Lottery players raise over £30 million a week for good causes across the UK. The National Lottery Community Fund distributes a share of this to projects to support people and communities to prosper and thrive. The National Garden Scheme Community Gardens Award was set up in 2011 in memory of Elspeth Thompson the much loved garden writer and journalist who died in 2010. The National Garden Scheme grants bursaries to help community gardening projects and to support gardeners at the start of their careers.

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