Churchyard Update (24/1)

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

The building and renovation work has kicked up a gear this week, with scaffolding going up around the perimeter. This will take several weeks to complete, during which time, for safety reasons, the main churchyard will be inaccessible. When this process is finished, there will be access along the main paths.

Meanwhile, we continue to make progress in other areas: Triangle, Old Yard and Vinegar Alley. You might pay a visit to these other areas while the main yard is out of action? There are lots more plants to relocate if weather allows. Winter pruning still needs doing. Compost management will feature this week.

Look out for the beautiful Hellebore Anna’s Red along Vinegar Alley, as well as more Snowdrops and Crocus.

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:

How to Make a Meadow (However Small Your Patch): Saturday 12 February 2022, 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: 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

Photo by Natalie Burwell


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