Churchyard Update (30/8)

By Tim Hewitt, St Mary’s Head Gardener/ Community Gardener
It is all about shifting material this week. The recycled brick, concrete and ceramic won’t have escaped your notice. Getting it on the new bed as a base is this week’s task, followed by a similar quantity of sand. Then we can start the dismantling of the South Bed, which is starting to look very baggy and messy. Lots of the plants from it will love their new home. Oh, and a large limb from one of our Horse Chestnuts fell on Saturday 28 August. Apologies to all affected. We will be creating more habitat with the remains this week, hopefully with the help of GoodGym. With two sightings of Stag Beetles this year, we know that dead wood is good.
The best things right now are the long-flowering geraniums, Crocosmia and Anemone Honerine Joubert. The Diascia on the SE corner of church has also put in a long shift. I like to see the water lily too. The Morning Glory in the pot display flowered pink, when I was expecting blue. Not too sure that I like it, but we are too far in to turn back now! Next to it, the Mina lobata is having a late surge, albeit in a rather messy way.
Quote of the Week
Life is going to be very hard for future generations, but anything we do now to improve the situation will help. Making our gardens wildlife friendly is an easy win. And the results are glorious. We’d be crazy not to do it. We need to feel hope to act.”
-Dave Goulson, Biologist 
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 2021-22 

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