Churchyard Update (9/12)

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

With most trees stripped bare now, it is a good time to appreciate their structure. We will be assessing which ones need light pruning for better shape or to prevent disease.

It is a good time too to take in hand some of the more overgrown monuments. We have made a good start at the end of last week, but the older monuments and those in The Triangle need quite a bit more work. David has also worked wonders on the very heavy fallen gravestones around the site and may continue this job, weather permitting.

A new bed is being prepared in the main churchyard by covering the grass with cardboard to kill it. In early spring, this will be covered with our own compost and planted through. No digging. We also expect to do some pond maintenance, compost-turning and further plant propagating this week.

Quotation of the Week 

“Don’t sweat the petty things and don’t pet the sweaty things.” –George Carlin

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