The original churchyard, approximately one and a quarter acres in area, is now effectively full, save for burials and interments of ashes in existing graves. There are some fine old oak and lime trees in particular, and the churchyard has been managed for many years as a conservation area, since long before the recent movement for ‘rewilding’. There is abundant wildlife here, owl and hedgehog boxes, and deadwood and other trimmings are left as habitat piles.
There are various files of grave and burial records available in the church for those who may be interested. There are also three Commonwealth War Graves.
The new churchyard, about four-fifths of an acre, was purchased in 2018 and consecrated in 2019, and the north door of the church, unused for probably 100 years, was opened to give level, more direct access to the new burial ground. Mixed native hedging marks the new boundaries, and a number of specimen trees and two seats have been installed.
The new ground is so extensive, that it will never be filled, but will be ‘wild managed’. It will be a work in progress for a number of years, but is already becoming a beautiful, peaceful place for people to walk, sit or think – a sanctuary.