Churchyard Update (2/12)

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

Last week we set a lot of leaning gravestones right and placed a new welcome stone at the gate. David, one of our volunteers, was instrumental in this, and it was great to have his input.

We are getting to the end of leaf-clearing and bulb-planting season.

The Tropical Corner must be dismantled soon to make way for building works, so this will be done when conditions allow. We can now start to turn our attention to neglected areas such as the pond, overgrown monuments and woodland.

We are never too tidy, I hope, but some re-balancing is necessary. A new planting area will be prepared this week, near to the Garden of Remembrance.

Quote of the Week

“In the woods we return to reason and faith…standing on the bare ground, my head bathed by the blithe air, and uplifted into infinite space, all mean egotism vanishes. I become a transparent eyeball; I am nothing; I see all; the currents of the Universal Being circulate through me; I am part or particle of God.” –Ralph Waldo Emerson

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.

Upcoming workshops:

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 2021-22 

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


Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *