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Date published: 22nd December 2017

Photo caption: Tom FitzPatrick formally presenting the plaque to Sylvia Batchelor of St Seraphim’s Trust who has worked tirelessly to coordinate this project along with the help and support of the Trust’s friends and supporters.

A garden attached to a historic chapel has been handed the annual Environment Award by North Norfolk District Council.

The award was won by the St Seraphim’s Quiet Garden at Walsingham.

The garden, affiliated to the Quiet Garden Movement, is next to the St Seraphim’s Orthodox Chapel and has reclaimed a long-derelict parcel of land.

This land has been turned into a tranquil garden where residents and visitors can go for quiet and contemplation.

The award, which included a winner’s cheque for £500, was presented to the team responsible for the garden by North Norfolk District Council Leader Tom FitzPatrick.

“Many volunteers have been involved in this project, creating a beautiful and peaceful garden for public enjoyment and for the benefit of ecology and wildlife,” said Mr FitzPatrick.

The chapel itself uses the old station building and for many years there was an icon painting workshop which has now become a small museum of both the railway history and icon painting.

Sylvia Batchelor of St Seraphim’s Trust said: “We are proud to have been honoured with the award and it is lovely for the work to be acknowledged, for all our volunteers.”

A total of four nominations were received for this year’s award which were judged by a small panel.

The St Seraphim’s Quiet Garden was unanimously chosen as this year’s winner as a good example of an environmentally sustainable project worthy of the award.

Last updated: 22nd December 2017