St Joseph's Garden

St Joseph's Garden
(Photo: David Lowe)
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The purpose of this small garden is manifold. It is an extension into the neighbourhood of the almost invisible basement Church of St Joseph. It is a patch of vegetation in an otherwise built-up environment, a haven for birds and a space where people may pause and be refreshed.

The garden is a modest tribute to a very great Christian, the late Cardinal Basil Hume (1923–99), Archbishop of Westminster, monk and shepherd, whose life of prayer and service to the Gospel was an inspiration to so many.

The garden was designed by young landscape gardener Simon-Peter Stobart, whose influences included Japanese design and one of the themes from the ‘Song of Songs' in the Bible – an enclosed garden in which the Beloved might be encountered and experienced.

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