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The St James’s Piccadilly Garden - Imagine the World to be Different

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St James's Piccadilly

St James's is a historic church looking to the future, advocating for social and earth justice and empowering people. It is a thoughtful, inclusive, creative community, a place open to people of all faiths and none. It explores ideas around gathering, refuge and the importance of contemplative green spaces in the city, celebrating our history, deepening social impact, environmental commitments, and generous hospitality.

The church community tries to put its faith into action by learning about and speaking out on issues of injustice, especially concerning refugees, asylum, earth and racial justice, and LGBTQ+ issues. The church offers hospitality and accompaniment to people going through homelessness or living on low incomes. It seeks to be a welcoming space for people to reflect, create, debate.

Sponsored by grant-making charity Project Giving Back to help raise awareness and funds for The Wren Project​, a £20m project to restore the church, courtyard and garden, helping amplify St James's activity and social outreach work​.

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Where can you visit this garden after the Show?

This Chelsea show garden provides an opportunity to share St James’s story as it begins The Wren Project, a major restoration of the church, its courtyard and garden. It will spotlight changemakers like William Blake, Ottobah Cugoano, Mary Delany and Mary Beale with links to St James’s who have imagined the world to be different and will help develop a broader understanding of St James's and its work to raise funds towards the £20 million target, amplifying its social and environmental impact work for the future.

Following the show, the plants will enrich the garden at St James's partner church, St Pancras Euston Road. And, in time, the sculptural counselling cabin and other 'hard' landscaping features will be installed in the restored garden in Piccadilly​ as part of The Wren Project.

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Tom Stuart-Smith
Garden Designer