(This is an historical article written by Michael Day whilst he was maintaining the Church yard. The Church yard
is now maintained by others using different methods)
For centuries churchyards were maintained by allowing animals, especially sheep to graze. From the 19th Century animals
were excluded and the grass was close cut mechanically. Thus the well-kept and manicured became the norm, though nowadays,
because of cost many have become overgrown.
As Prince Charles wrote, 'Older churchyards.....represent a considerable proportion of the last remnants of the original
meadow grasslands. The environment is nothing less than God’s creation and a churchyard is commonly known as God’s acre.'
The policy in this churchyard is to keep close mown those areas where graves are visited but to manage two areas as
havens for grasses, wildflowers and insects. This involves a particular programme of grass cutting. Some of the
wildflowers area is cultivated for annuals; a programme of raising wildflowers from seed has been instituted to
increase the number and variety of wildflowers.