Cherie Blair visited St Luke’s Church in her native Crosby to see how work is progressing on the Community Spaces project to transform the church grounds.
She looked in on a workshop where local schoolchildren are creating a mosaic that will be placed on pillars in the grounds.
The St Luke’s Breathing Space project, which is being supported by a £49,760 Community Spaces grant, began in October and is due to be completed by April.
The project aims to transform some of the highly visible parts of St Luke’s church grounds to make them attractive, accessible and welcoming. The church grounds already contain a number of gardens at the fringes of the site, which have been developed over the past four years.
The latest work will include welcome signs, relaid and new paths, an entrance garden featuring raised beds and a sensory garden, replacement railings and a nature/heritage trail around the bog garden, butterfly garden, bug hotel and wildflower meadow, war graves, solar powered water feature and a cycle shelter.
Project co-ordinator Steve Matthews said: “It was a happy coincidence that on the day Cherie visited we were having our second mosaic workshop so she got the chance to see the work in progress.
”She wasn’t intending to go to look at the pillars to see where the panels
will be placed as she had a function that night and didn’t want to get her
hair wet. Fortunately we were able to supply a brolly!”