Community Garden


Christ with All Saints’ Church Garden is now open during daylight hours for people to relax in and enjoy, for the second summer on the run. Members of the church and wider community have worked tirelessly over the winter, clearing ground and preparing the soil which has now been planted with a huge variety of summer flowering plants which will provide an amazing display. The vegetable garden is also fully planted and a new feature this year is the medieval ‘Physicke Garden’ with various herbs and plants. The garden already looks amazing and will be stunning as it grows throughout the summer. We have also provided a bench for the first time in many years to enable people to enjoy the area.


A ‘physicke garden’ is a type of herb garden which was popular in early times. Before the advent of modern medicine, people relied on herbs and plants for treatment of all sorts of medical conditions and physicke gardens became a common feature of churchyards. People would come to the physicke garden and treat their ailments with medicinal plants. They could also pray for deliverance, and the Book of Common Prayer (the authorized service book of the Church of England) contains prayers used at such times.

We have here re-created a typical physicke garden of a small parish church to show what it would have looked like. Below is a plan of the garden with a list of plants and what people believed they could treat.


1.    DIGESTIONValerian – sedative

Ramsons – reduce cholesterol

Chervil – aid to digestion

Aniseed – colic

Basil – cholesterol

Thyme - diarrhoea

Caraway -colic

Coriander – cholesterol

Liquorice – intestinal infection

2.    HEARTRosemary – improves mood / rheumatoid arthritis

Motherwort – heart disease

Foxglove – heart disease

Poppy – relaxant

Flax – rheumatoid arthritis

Borage – improves mood

3.    SKINComfrey (knitbone) – sprains, bruises and cuts

Chamomile – skin cancer / anti-inflamatory

Skullcap – bruising

Arnica (Wolfsbane) – bruising

Echinacea (Coneflower) – immune system / arthritis

Sweet Violet – bruising

Parsley – bladder / kidneystone

4.    MALE / FEMALESorrel – diuretic

Evening Primrose – PMS

Elecampane – breast diseases

Nasturtium – scurvy

Mugwort – cramps / worm infestation

Fennel – milk flow

Betony – bladder / kidney stone

Oregano – anti-bacterial


The Vegetable Garden, 2016: broad beans, runner beans, onions, radish, beetroot, lettuce, kale, purple-sprouting broccoli, chard, rhubarb and sweet peas.

Contact Gina on 07950 025917 for more information