14 July 2016
Bags of Help projects in England and Scotland have rolled out the green carpet to welcome Her Majesty the Queen and The Archbishop of Canterbury to their projects.
Bonnie Dundee’s ‘Slessor Garden’ project opened their gates to Her Majesty The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh on Wednesday 6 July 2016 where the Queen officially declared the garden open and unveiled a plaque before meeting members Slessor Garden team.
The beautiful new garden was a result of winning £12,000 of Bags of Help funding and will provide an event space for concerts, exhibitions and markets and has been named after the Dundee missionary Mary Slessor.
Pupils and teachers at Kingnorths Church of England Primary School in Ashford, Kent were also delighted to receive a visit from The Archbishop of Canterbury who blessed ‘Wildlife Sensory Garden’.
The school, which also received the maximum £12,000 grant, welcomed The Archbishop earlier this week to proudly showcase their new greenspace for outdoor learning which boasts raised beds for growing sensory plants and vegetables and a storytelling area.
Groundwork UK chief executive, Graham Duxbury, said:
"We’re delighted that Her Majesty and The Archbishop of Canterbury have been to see the excellent work by two Bags of Help projects, both of which will bring people together, protect wildlife and reconnect children with nature.
"It’s places like these that are the lifeblood of our communities and we’re sure that the Queen and the Archbishop’s visits were an experience that will live long in the memories of everyone involved."