Churchyard Update (13/1)

By Tim Hewitt, St Mary’s Head Gardener/ Community Gardener 

Despite some distractions (collapsing wall, old monument deterioration and the unlicensed burial of a pet), we made good progress last week. There is still some weeding, planting and editing to be done. However, this week we plan to make a start on winter pruning of trees. Chainsaw at the ready, we will create more log piles and even a log sculpture out of our prunings.

Our compost heaps need turning to let in oxygen and charge up microbial activity.

While there is very little in flower at this time of year, the eagle-eyed will start to notice the first Snowdrops, Hellebore and Cyclamen coum appearing this week. Other bulbs are waiting in the wings.

Quotation of the Week

“We have become used to the immediate feedback and ‘likes’ we get through our smartphones. There is a devaluing of the slower rhythms of natural time, not only of plants but of our bodies and minds. These rhythms do not fit with the ‘quick fix’ mentality that has come to dominate so much of modern life.”

The Well Gardened Mind by Sue Stuart Smith

Volunteer Times

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

Tuesdays: 1pm to 3.30pm
Wednesdays: 1pm to 4pm 
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 2022 

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