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 […]

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 (19/7)

By Tim Hewitt, St Mary’s Head Gardener This week’s update? Some sunscreen is the short answer. As well as probably the best of the South border and Old Wall bed. We continue to take down the long grass as Yellow Rattle is harvested, as well as making inroads into the overgrown areas of the Vinegar […]

Tim’s Churchyard Update (5/7)

Churchyard Update for the Week of 5th July – 11th July   By Tim Hewitt, St Mary’s Head Gardener   I used to welcome the rain; less so as we continue to try to get wet grass into big bags. But there is a full lushness to the South Border now as it runs up […]

Tim Hewitt Appointed Community Gardener

St Mary’s and the Parish of Walthamstow are pleased to announce the appointment of Tim Hewitt as Community Gardener. Tim has been St Mary’s Head Gardener since 2017; in that time, the churchyards have received national recognition by the Royal Horticultural Society, and through Tim’s successful ‘Burials in Bloom’ project, dozens of local residents now […]