Churchyard Update (26/7)

By Tim Hewitt, St Mary’s Head Gardener

We are starting an exciting new project along the railings, where there are lots of closely packed graves. This will take several months and involve lots of recycled, low nutrient materials; beautiful, drought tolerant plants; and the creation of some excellent habitat for spiders, bees and other insects. The first stage, however, is to strip out the grass and weeds. This has been sprayed and will die over the next two weeks. A necessary evil in this situation.
Meanwhile, despite some storm damage, there are still lots of plants worth seeing. Crocosmia, Echinops, Liatris spicata, Lysimachia ephemerum, Phlox, Dianthus, Gaura, Verbasacum, Inula magnifica and Sweet peas are all at or near their best.

Quote of the Week
“To be left alone is the most precious thing one can ask of the modern world”  -Anthony Burgess

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