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Bible Society wins at the Chelsea Flower Show

by Marcus Jones

Christian charity the Bible Society has been awarded a gold medal in the best sanctuary garden category at the prestigious Chelsea Flower Show.

Titled Psalm 23, the display is inspired by the famous Bible verses which begin 'The Lord is my shepherd'.

It includes sections based around the green pastures, still waters and the valley of the shadow of death. 

Speaking to Premier about its success, designer Sarah Eberle said: "We are judged against a brief, it's Psalm 23. The line 'He restores my soul' is probably the most important line in regard to the garden.

"I think it does that and I think the public see that. They all feel quite calm when they stand there. It's soothing. 

"It is hard to do at a busy show, to reach people's hearts, as well as their minds."

The garden was created during lockdown in Tadley in Hampshire. After the show it will find a permanent home at Winchester Hospice.

The Bible Society is also encouraging others to build community gardens so others across the country can reflect on the Psalm.

Paul Williams, CEO of Bible Society, said: "I hope the gold medal enables us to inspire more people to have a go at interpreting the Psalm in this way so that their local communities can engage with the Psalm through the garden."

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