In recent years a scheme has been started to improve the range of species of plants in our churchyard. In the autumn of 2009 and in connection with the Church of England’s national environmental campaign Shrinking the Footprint, which is signed up to the United Nations’ International Year of Biodiversity, we invited a representative of Bedfordshire Wildlife Trust to advise us on how to improve our efforts to promote native flora on the land in our care.
There are now two small areas to the west of the tower and to the north of the vestry which are being actively managed through a mowing regime which encourages wild flowers. Old churchyards are particularly rich in plant diversity even if they have been closely mown for a long time and these two areas contain indicator species associated with unimproved grassland and as such are very valuable for conservation. Correctly managed, these areas will help preserve the nation’s wild flowers and, since these areas will seed, may contribute to the re-population of local road verges and field boundaries. This is important not just for the plant species but also because the greater the variety of food available the greater the range of insects and birds provided for. Not least, the flowers will be a source of beauty and delight to those who make time to stop and starebackyard inflatable water slides on sale.
The northern half of the new churchyard extension is also being managed for biodiversity and has been sown with a special seed mixture though, since it was previously farmland, this project is about providing a habitat which will encourage a range of wild flowers to establish themselves in the coming years.
If you are interested in helping further this project please contact Jane or David George on 01234 359014
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This post was written by Simon Smith