St Mary's churchyard sees hundreds of people pass through every day: runners, dog walkers, cyclists; people on their way to work, parents with children, walkers taking in the Thames paths. Most barely pause on their passage through.
The churchyard is a haven of shade, greenery and that wonderful view over the Thames. But it was once so verdant and rich in plant life that the celebrated botanist William Curtis carried out much of his botanical study here.
To restore some of this biodiversity, and extend a gift of peace and beauty to the thousands who come through our gates, we are embarking on a project to create a Quiet Garden in this beautiful and much-loved corner of Battersea.
As a church community, we want to reach out to our local community of Battersea with an invitation to pause here and contemplate, to drink in the view and the rustle of leaves, and go on with their day a little lighter in spirit.
Our fundraising for the Quiet Garden begins here. We hope you will consider supporting us.