At one corner of St John the Evangelist Church in Lostock lies the Memorial Garden. This is a place where people can reflect, remember and pray – and also holds the remains of parishioners who have died in individual plots. People visit to remember loved ones and to enjoy the peace and quiet.
Over the years the churchyard paths leading to the Memorial Garden became badly eroded and broken making access difficult and unsafe, especially for the elderly and infirm and people in wheelchairs. Then the Garden was dramatically affected in 2012 by an extension to the neighbouring school which meant that three mature trees were lost and a new unattractive metal fence bordered the Garden.
The Mersey Forest helped to co-ordinate the necessary funding to help church volunteers improve the Garden. Local chemicals manufacturer INEOS Enterprises agreed to fund a makeover through the Landfill Communities Fund.
Hundreds of bulbs and new shrubs to create all year round colour have been planted at the back of the memorial garden, creating a new attractive, contemplative space that also aims to be a haven for wildlife.
The path network has also been resurfaced and made safe for people in wheelchairs to use. Additional support for the footpath work was provided from the church's own funds, Lostock Gralam and Wincham Parish Councils.