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.

August is a difficult month in terms of keeping the floral party going, but there are still areas of vibrancy. After a lull, the bed by Vinegar Alley railings is coming back into flower. Japanese anemones, Crocosmia, Sweet peas, Morning Glory, Salvia, Liatris, Gaura and Phlox are all worth a look.

Quote of the Week

 “Time is nature’s way of stopping everything from happening at once” -Ray Cummings.

Volunteer Times

St Mary’s offers weekly supervised volunteering in the churchyard at these times:

Tuesdays: 1pm to 3.30pm
Wednesdays: 9am to 12pm
Thursdays: 1pm to 4pm
Fridays: 1pm to 4pm

There’s no need to book; just turn up, preferably with your own gloves. Tools and expert instruction will be provided!

Burials in Bloom 2021 

Dozens of local people have adopted a grave to plant around and care for; if you would like to adopt a grave that’s currently not visited or looked after, contact me at