Our Journey So Far
Beginning in March 2019, a small team of dedicated staff and volunteers have worked tirelessly – even throughout the pandemic – to transform the space at Wardley Hall into the centre we see today. at the Laudato Si’ Centre we have established educational and wellbeing spaces in the walled gardens, greenhouses, orchard, outdoor classroom and more recently in the adjoining woodland. As well as a partnership to create a memorial woodland. We now have bees living across the hives in the walled garden producing award winning honey, which we sell. Our polytunnels and greenhouse are thriving. We have an outdoor classroom that includes eco-bricks in the walls made by parishioners, all of which are surrounded by an accessible surface to provide equal access for all.
The centre is overseen by Dr Emma Gardner, who joined the Diocese of Salford in 2020 when we became the first diocese to appoint a Head of Environment. Working closely with Bishop John, Emma is leading our diocesan transformation, keeping the principals of Laudato Si’ at the heart of all we do.
One of our main aims of the centre is to reach out to groups that are often excluded from society. Since our inception, we have partnered with the Northern School of Permaculture, Lancashire Wildlife Trust, Salford CVS and local community interest companies and charities. We have been able to offer programmes for people with mental health problems, refugee and asylum seekers, and horticulture therapy for all ages, as well as learning new skills such as learning to survey wildlife and gardening for wildlife, and all this has been achieved in the 0.5 hectare walled garden.