Weekly Churchyard Update (13/10)

By Tim Hewitt, St Mary’s Head Gardener/ Community Gardener  The South Bed is looking ragged now, as the last standing plants continue to be taken out. The Japanese anemones, Cosmos, Symphyotrichum and Chrysanthemum still offer something. Elsewhere, the pot displays are on the cusp of being taken down or put away. This is their last […]

Weekly Churchyard Update (5/10)

By Tim Hewitt, St Mary’s Head Gardener/ Community Gardener Ongoing division, redistribution and propagation in the South Bed is the main work of the week. There are also still areas to strim and mow, if weather allows. This is the time of year to make compost, with lots to go on the heap, but also […]

Weekly Churchyard Update (21/9)

By Tim Hewitt, St Mary’s Head Gardener/ Community Gardener Little bits will be added to the new sand bed, but a lot of the planting is complete. Expect it to look rather underwhelming for Autumn and Winter, then get going in Spring. Bulbs, seed and a few more plants are still to come. The South […]

(Updated) Churchyard History Tours on 5/9 & 11/9

St Mary’s will be part of Open House London with two afternoons of free churchyard tours (you must book a place here) on Sunday 5 September 2021 and Saturday 11 September 2021. The ‘Churchyard Trails: Stories from Walthamstow’s Past’ tours – which each last 45 minutes – explore some of the fascinating people buried in […]

Churchyard Update (7/9)

By Tim Hewitt, St Mary’s Head Gardener/ Community Gardner While the new gravel bed has been widely (but not universally) admired, this week sees the arrival of a similar quantity of sand. This will be the top layer and will wash into the gaps in the gravel over time. As soon as this is down, […]

Churchyard Update (30/8)

By Tim Hewitt, St Mary’s Head Gardener/ Community Gardener   It is all about shifting material this week. The recycled brick, concrete and ceramic won’t have escaped your notice. Getting it on the new bed as a base is this week’s task, followed by a similar quantity of sand. Then we can start the dismantling […]

Churchyard Update (24/8)

By Tim Hewitt, St Mary’s Head Gardener/ Community Gardener   This week (23/8 – 29/8) remodelling of the railings’ bed continues, with the emphasis on creating a low-maintenance and ground-nesting-insect-friendly site. Recycled building materials will be imported and used. There will be a lot of material to shift, so if anyone has the time and […]

Churchyard Update (18/8)

By Tim Hewitt, St Mary’s Head Gardener/ Community Gardener This week (16-22 August), we continue to prepare the new railings’ bed, which will be stripped of vegetation and slightly landscaped in preparation for the base of recycled materials. This will be crushed brick, ceramic and concrete from a local supplier, with a covering of sand. […]

Churchyard Update (11/8)

By Tim Hewitt, St Mary’s Head Gardener This week, we will start to strip off dead material from the area by the fence in preparation for making the new bed. The preparation will take several weeks. At the same time, unusually high rainfall and low temperatures tie us to more grass-mowing than we would like. […]

Churchyard Update (26/7)

By Tim Hewitt, St Mary’s Head Gardener We are starting an exciting new project along the railings, where there are lots of closely packed graves. This will take several months and involve lots of recycled, low nutrient materials; beautiful, drought tolerant plants; and the creation of some excellent habitat for spiders, bees and other insects. […]