Parishioner Rosaleen Doonan, the creator of the lovely St Cuthbert’s garden to the side of the church here at Minsteracres, has volunteered (!) to lead a team of occasional helpers to maintain the  gardens around the house.

Up until she left  last autumn Sr Therese was the keeper of the flower beds and a regular sight with a spade and a hoe. Rosaleen hopes that with some careful planning and a group of dedicated volunteers, we will be able to keep up the good work Sr Therese started.

“We’re planning a meeting at the beginning of March to have a look at the borders and decide what needs doing and when,” says Rosaleen. “We probably only need six to eight people to commit to helping just a few days through the growing season, but we could do with them now to help us plan!

“I expect it’ll need a bit of work in the first year, but after that we should be able to manage with just maintenance,” says Rosaleen. “The biggest commitment is early in the summer when a generous benefactor donates a lorry load of annuals for the borders and then we’ll need all hands to the pumps to get them in.”

If you would like to spend a few days over the summer helping us to maintain this lovely space call us on 01434 673248, or e mail info@minsteracres.org and we will put you in touch with Rosaleen.