Bishop opens L’Arche Community gardening project in Canterbury City Centre Church

On Tuesday 24 September, the Bishop of Dover, the Right Reverend Trevor Willmott officially opened a new plant & garden project for the Canterbury L’Arche Community, which is being hosted by St Mildred’s Church in the city centre.

Situated on a piece of land at the bottom of St Mildred’s church alongside the river, the gardening project will provide useful work and activity to L’Arche core members; adults with learning disabilities.

In the summer, St Mildred’s Church and Canterbury Diocese granted permission for the L’Arche Community to use the land.

Bishop Trevor, a keen gardener himself, said at the event: “This piece of land, which we didn’t know what to do with, has become a real blessing now that it can be shared and used by the L’Arche community.” After cutting the ribbon, blessing the land and the people that will work on it, he added: “May this land be a place where we can grow together and enjoy the partnership between the church and L’Arche.”

L’Arche Kent is a community of 70 people, with and without learning disabilities, who choose to share a life of mutual support and friendship with one another.

Colin Bridgland, from L’Arche, commented: “Members of the community are excited about working in their new potting shed and developing the garden project.”


Further information from:

Emily Shepherd, Director of Communications, Canterbury Diocese 01227 459 401, 07876 210 446,

More information about L’Arche Kent: Colin Bridgland: Tel: 01227-643025  Mob: 07866750761

Photo: Shows Bishop Trevor and members of L’Arche Kent cutting the ribbon

And Bishop Trevor and members of L’Arche Kent in one of the Greenhouses