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 Alley and the triangle sites.

In flower this week are Thyme, Canna Erebus, Sweet peas, Allium Summer Drummer, Inula magnifica, Monarda, Stachys Hummalo, Hemerocallis, Dianthus, Persicaria, Phlox, Thalictrum Elin, Veronica Ink, Alcea Nigra, Lysimachia ephemerum and Crocosmia Lucifer to name just a few!

Quote of the Week

“Make the most of life you may,

Life is short and wears away”

-William Oldys, 1732

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