Cherishing Churchyards Week
I've just discovered that today marks the beginning of 'Cherishing Churchyards Week' (Saturday 7th - Sunday 15th June). I have a small to medium sized churchyard which had been neglected for some time before I became the vicar of my church. The council are legally responsible for maintaining the churchyard but with ever tighter budgets what they can do is limited. As a result, I've tried to improve the state of the churchyard myself. I cut the grass close to the church and then leave the grass a little further away to grow longer with the hope that it will become a wild flower meadow and a haven for wildlife. I cut a couple of paths through the longer grass to make sure its safe for people to walk down and to hopefully make people realise that the grass is deliberately being allowed to grow longer and isn't simply being neglected.
Thought I'd share a few photos and promote the charity 'Caring for God's Acre.'
Would appreciate any advice on how I can increase the number of wild flowers. When and how often should I cut the wild flower meadow? When I do cut the grass, should I immediately clear the area of the cut grass or should it be left for a while? how can I reduce the number of dominate weeds and increase the wild flowers?
Anyway, here's a few photos.