Churchyard Update (14/6)

By Tim Hewitt, St Mary’s Head Gardener/ Community Gardener Last week’s “Churches Count on Nature” concluded with an excellent bat walk on Sunday night, when we saw Pipistrelle and Leisler’s bats. There was also a sighting of what we think was a Tawny Owl. It really is worth visiting the churchyards at dusk if you […]

Churchyard Update (31/5)

This week, we will engage in grassland management, just as the meadow grasses are at their best.

Churchyard Update (8/3)

We have completed our major tree planting now, with the addition of a second Walnut in the older churchyard. It will not be until the end of April until we can be sure of success, but we are hopeful.

Churchyard Update (23/2)

As the storms subside, we are left with some tidying up. A big Ash bough fell in Vinegar Alley and will be sawn-up to add to the “Wall of Wood” down there. Other woody debris will be collected too.

Churchyard Update (14/2)

This week, we are focused on planting some big stuff. We have been offered a Walnut tree, which will be a fine addition to the Old Yard, if it transplants successfully.

Churchyard Update (9/2)

As the scaffolding and building work gets into high gear, we have been busy finding other places for the plants we have. It is exciting, if a bit tiring, making new beds.

Churchyard Update (31/1)

By Tim Hewitt, St Mary’s Head Gardener/ Community Gardener The scaffolding is rising steadily and smoothly. Its perimeter metal fence will give way to corrugated iron before too long, allowing more access to the main churchyard. Meanwhile, we are preparing for a drainage ditch to be dug along Vinegar Alley, behind the Cherry trees. This […]

Churchyard Update (13/1)

By Tim Hewitt, St Mary’s Head Gardener/ Community Gardener  Despite some distractions (collapsing wall, old monument deterioration and the unlicensed burial of a pet), we made good progress last week. There is still some weeding, planting and editing to be done. However, this week we plan to make a start on winter pruning of trees. […]

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 […]

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 […]