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THE GORDON RUCKMAN GARDEN, DROITWICH METHODIST CHURCH, WORCESTER ROAD, DROITWICH SPA

 

In 2006, our church garden was mainly an arbour which had been disused for 30 years until, after being decorated with pots and tubs it was entered into the 2006 Droitwich in Bloom competitions, winning a First Prize.  The inspiration for the makeover was the bench donated by Robert and Jo Ruckman, whose son Gordon died tragically young leaving a wife and sister and many friends.

 

Since 2006 the area has developed into a highly decorative corner with trellising, fixed planters and bench seating, all made from recycled or donated materials and plants, and raising money for other items by having coffee mornings.  This year has seen the installation of a memorial tree and tree seat and further memorial plantings in the newly created area under the trees with a donated bench and trellis walls, making even more contemplative space than before.

 

There are regular summer services on the lawn in front of the arbour and bench, always well attended, sometimes with refreshments outdoors when the weather is particularly good.  Always it seems the plants are at their best at this time.

 

This area of the Church gardens was entered into the 2012 Droitwich In Bloom section called 'Open Gardens'. Prior to this a special effort was made to give everything a facelift as major structural work was not possible at the present time.  A fundraising Cake and Coffee morning featuring local jazz musician Jack Solloway and singer Georgina, both students, was a great success and enabled the garden to be replanted in patriotic red, white and blue, believed to be the only garden in Droitwich to be in the Jubilee colours.  Bunting was carefully knitted and crocheted by ladies from the Monday Fellowship.  These efforts were well rewarded as the garden was awarded First Prize in the Special community garden award for its contribution to the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Year.


           




 
 
 
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