With all the work which has been carried out through the Conservation Project, it is an exciting time for the property committee.
Work will continue with various projects to enhance and maintain the upkeep of the church, including the manse and church gardens. There are clear guidelines from Church of Scotland headquarters to ensure that we have a safe property for our congregation, as well as covering the health and safety requirements.
We are a small team and would appreciate any assistance from our congregation to help keep our church looking good.
An exciting new project this year is the St Mungo’s Garden Project. The story of our new garden project here at St Mungo’s goes back 6 or 7 months. This is when I first mentioned to Sang and David from Connect Alloa about an idea I had. I wanted to involve David’s group in a project to develop a market garden in the garden to the rear of the church. Produce grown would be used in our church café or given to families in need.
In October I mentioned my vision to Diane from Alloa First and in November she asked me to meet with herself and Richard Chatfield from Forth Environment Link to discuss an idea. He was looking for a project for his team of students to complete prior to them breaking up in December 2021.
They funded the wood and boxes for growing our produce of soft fruits, herbs, vegetables and possibly even flowers for the church. The raised beds, benches and boxes were put in place in the middle of December.
I showed this to Peter one of our new members of the congregation who has helped me drive this forward. He has purchased 3 fruit trees and a bramble bush which he has planted. He has also brought some friends to the café for lunch and they too have sponsored some trees.
It was also brought to my attention that this is the Queens 70th Anniversary and we are encouraged to plant trees. If anyone would like to make a donation towards our fund, plant a tree in memory of a loved one or sponsor one of our raised beds to help us grow our garden, please contact me either in the café or at church.
Special thanks to Peter who has done a marvellous job in starting the project with superb enthusiasm.