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. This low-nutrient base will give an ideal environment for slower-growing plants and hence be low maintenance. It will also provide new habitat for ground nesting insects. Elsewhere in the churchyards, late emerging flowering plants, like Crocosmia, Helianthemum, Hesperantha, Japanese Anemone and Asters are beginning their run.
Quote of the Week
“What a nice-sized garden you’ve got, people said to us when we first moved here. What I suppose they meant to say was what a nice-sized site for a garden we’d got. As a matter of fact, the size is all against it; it’s too large to be ignored altogether and treated as a yard, and it’s too small to keep giraffes in.”
-Saki, ‘The Occasional Garden’
Upcoming Workshops at St Mary’s
I am planning a series of two-hour paid workshops, bookable on Eventbrite, costing £35. There will be 10 spaces for each workshop. While many of our offerings will be free over the next several years as part of our National Lottery-funded ‘Creative Church’ regeneration project and activities, these will not be part of my Lottery-funded sessions, but might be of interest to the congregation and local community. They will all take place in the churchyards and the St Mary’s Welcome Centre.
Paid workshops confirmed so far:
  • Container and Window Box Planting: 16 October from 10.30am-12.30pm
  • Low-Maintenance Gardening: 6 November from 10.30am-12.30pm
  •  Bulb Planting: 20 November from 10.30am-12.30pm
  •  Rose Pruning & Care: 8 January 2022 from 10.30am-12.30pm

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