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Churchyard News and updates

One family in Christ...for all the family: Loving, Serving, Growing

It’s great weather for ducks… and pondlife!

It’s been a wet afternoon but the pond is looking good. Our pond enthusiast Terry Arnold has already begun planting around the edge with some pretty Phlox, which will provide good ground cover in the future.
The Gunnera we planted last year is showing fresh growth.
We have another one in a pot and some Iris, which we will be planting out on Saturday 13th April, on our ‘Greenfingers’ morning.
Do come and join us.

Not-so-plastic-free Churchyard

2nd April 2019

We are proud to be a ‘living churchyard’ here at St Edward’s, part of which means we endeavour to be plastic free. Our ground steward was therefore upset today to discover plastic bags shoved into a compost bin and other clearly non-compostable material left on the compost heaps. We work hard at keeping the churchyard looking lovely and respectfully ask visitors to take all plastics away with them Thank you.

Spring has sprung in Eggbuckland Churchyard – with a riot of colour!

27th March 2019

The churchyard is a riot of colour on this beautiful spring day, awash with celandines, primrose, and bluebells. A breathtaking sight. This is due, in part, to the way we manage the churchyard which allows them to flourish. The grass will not be cut until the spring flowers have had their day in the sun!

Visitors take inspiration

19th March 2019
Great to have a visit from the Green team at the Unitarian church in Notre street, today.
Discovering the delights of our churchyard & taking back ideas for their outside space.

Greenfingers Gang get growing!

2nd March 2019
It stayed dry for the Greenfingers gang who helped plant 300 snowdrops in the churchyard. Our pond is coming along nicely and we are hoping to start planting it up next month. If you have any spare pond plants or plants that like boggy soil, we would be very interested!!

Come and join us!

1st March 2019
Tomorrow is our first ‘Greenfingers team’ gathering of 2019.
This is a group of volunteers who help keep the churchyard looking good.
We have 300 snowdrop bulbs to plant which we hope will bloom next spring!
We start at 9.30am and would welcome new volunteers.

Signs of Spring

19th February 2019
Spring has arrived in the churchyard and the spring flowers are putting on a show.
Particularly lovely are the purple crocus and the pretty marsh marigold down by the stream.

North-yard clearance 3

21st January 2019
A big thank you from our ground steward, Jon, to our volunteers, David, Martin & Terry, who along with son Tom, were kept busy feeding the chipper as we cleared back the growth from the north side of the church today. Thankfully the rain held off!
A job very well done!

Northyard clearance 2

21st January 2019
The chipper and the volunteers have arrived. The team are working well and making good progress. We are uncovering gravestones and letting in a lot more light, which should allow the primroses to flourish.

Northyard Clearance 1

16th January 2019
The northern side of the churchyard has got rather overgrown and is encroaching more than we would like, so today we are cutting it back and will shred the trimmings.

A load of rubbish!

8th January 2019

We are always pleased to welcome visitors to our beautiful churchyard and respectfully ask that you help us to keep it looking good by taking all plastic and oasis home with you.
We currently have cyclamen, hellebores and even a snowdrop in flower. Our 200yr old evergreen oak is looking lovely in the sunshine.

Merry ‘Christmas Rose’

24th December 2018

The aptly named ‘Christmas Rose’ has made a timely appearance!

In the long grass…

22nd November 2018
The way we manage the grass in the churchyard is by having differing heights in different areas. The grass is allowed to grow longer in the older parts of the churchyard and is cut more frequently in the more visited areas. This encourages a greater diversity of species and allows quiet areas for our wildlife to flourish.

A seed must fall to the ground

19th November 2018
For the last 4yrs our little planter in St Edward’s Churchyard has mainly had ‘North Lew’ poppies growing in them as a reminder and commemoration of 100 years since WW1.
Over the weekend we have cleared out the old plants, (which have gone on our compost heap!)and have sown some wildflower seeds. These were kindly donated by Tim Payne of city bees. It is a little on the late side to be sowing them now but we thought we would give it a go. Why not consider sowing some in a small patch of your garden? They can be sown in autumn or spring and you can be sure the bees will love them!

Do you believe in the law of increase?

16th November 2018
Well, we’re putting it to the test, striking a dozen hardwood cuttings from our two hydrangea paniculata ‘vanille fraise’ which gave us some glorious colour back in the summer in the border next to the church.
Taking cuttings is easy and is a great and fun way to get new plants for free!
Why not give it a go?
We have to be patient now and wait until spring to see if they take root!

Ethical Shopping

30th October 2018.

A good turnout for a talk tonight on ‘ethical shopping’, with Simon Giarchi from Cafod, organized by Plymouth Churches Green Action Group.

‘Green Fingers’ Club gets to work

25th April 2015

Last Saturday morning saw the first get together of members of the ‘Green Fingers’ Club in the churchyard when some tidying up of the border alongside the south aisle of the church was undertaken. Also, work began on clearing the area at the bottom of the western end of the churchyard in readiness for the planting of insect loving plants and wild flowers. The weather was not as kind as it could have been and perhaps this was the reason for the group members who turned up being an ‘exclusive few’. There has also been some work achieved by an enthusiastic lady earlier in the week. Also, the second bee hive is now occupied.

Spring Churchyard Clear up

Sat 28th March 2015

The Greenfingers team kicked off the season with another wet but productive and fun morning with very welcome help coming  from Cooperative Memorials, Efford sending a team to help – in particular cleaning the path down in Church Meadow. Thank you to everyone for such hard work.

See Gallery for more pictures

Bee Hives Placed in Churchyard

March 10th 2015

The new apiary at St Edwards Church has received it’s first residents.
The bees have been enjoying the lovely spring sunshine of today!
Long may it continue!!

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Bulb Planting – Nov 8th 2014

Looking Forward to a Colourful Spring Display

Thanks to all who helped with the bulb planting in the churchyard despite the awful weather. There should be some impressive areas of colour in the spring as well as a good variety of blooms including fritillaries. The photos below show that fun was had along with the hard work!

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St Edward’s Church and Churchyard

As you may have never seen it before (July 2014)