Friends of St. John's Churchyard
St. John's Churchyard
We are a small group of volunteers working with the Churchwardens of St John's and St Mary's. We meet regularly in the churchyard with the aim of managing and developing the churchyard to benefit its wildlife.
We would welcome more volunteers and you don’t have to be a churchgoer to join in. If you would like to take part in one of our practical “hands on” Work Sessions, even for ½ hour or so, you would be very welcome. We always make time for tea and cake too!
April has been another busy month for both churchyards as we continue to enhance both spaces for the benefit of the environment and community within which we live.
Trees at St John's - Some of the Churchyard Volunteers planted 9 native Silver Birch tree saplings (Betula Pendula) this week. The trees have been planted along the southern side of the Churchyard in 3 clusters of 3 trees, in a "mini woodland" format, This style of planting restricts the growth of trees enabling what would otherwise be medium/large trees to be planted in small spaces.
Grass Cutting - Due to the availability of Community Payback we've had a No Mow April rather than May!
The grass is due to be cut at both churchyards in selected areas over the next 3 weeks.
Selected areas especially where we have existing wildflowers will be kept longer.
Borders at St John's - Despite the dry weather the borders are continuing to grow and develop. This week we will be planting a few more plants to further enhance the borders as well as the long grass areas.
St Mary's - The St Mary's Volunteers Won the Battle of the ivy!
- This was of particular importance due to the damaged being created to the wall and its render.
Ivan Randall from Caring for God's Acre & St. Giles Church will be visiting St Mary's next month, to advise us on how to best further enhance & manage the churchyard.
Platinum Jubilee Art Exhibition - The Churchyard Volunteers have teamed up with the local artist Joanna May & 3 Schools (Wansdyke, Southbroom & Trinity) to create an art exhibition for the Queen's Jubilee.
The exhibition will be on display in St Mary's Church 2nd-4th May and will be free to attend. Further press releases will follow.
Volunteer Working Parties - St John's
Next Working Party is this Weds, 27th April 10.30am-12.30pm (planting & watering in the main)
May Working Parties: 11th May 2-4pm & 25th May 2-4pm - please note change of timings
Sustainability & Other Events
No Mow May - Unless you did that in April! A no mow period will allow flowers to grow creating an enhanced habitat for bees & other pollinators.
11th May 9am -12pm - Plant fair at the Shambles in aid of Save the Children
14th May 2-4pm - Litter pick with a difference! starting at the Wharf. The rubbish collected is being turned into an "artwork" by Sustainable Devizes. This will be displayed at the Shambles over the Jubilee weekend.
20th May - World Bee Day - World Bee Day is celebrated globally. The purpose of this day is to recognise and acknowledge the positive impact that bees and other pollinators have on our ecosystem.
The Friends of St John's Churchyard Volunteers were busy again this afternoon planting 8 Flowering Hawthorn Trees to commemorate the Queen's Jubilee. Great job everyone!!
Over the last week we've started to bring our plans for the churchyard to life!
During January's Working Party at St John's, 8 of the Churchyard Volunteers & Community Payback worked extremely hard creating the flower beds at the Northern Entrance!
3 out of 4 were completed!! A brilliant result!! & Many, many thanks & well done All!!
Many thanks too to everyone who lent us tools, equipment, etc & to the Council the trailer & taking away the turf!
Next Wednesday (26th Jan) we're planning on creating the 4th bed with an additional Volunteer Working Party 2-4pm, if anyone is able to help out it would be very much appreciated.
Planting up is planned for Feb - exact date TBC - we're just making sure we have all the plants we need.
Living Churchyard Project boards have been put in the Church to inform & educate everyone about a Living Churchyard, explain our Living Churchyard Project, Objectives & Plans for the future, along with the Educational Board on Bug Hotels & the Importance of Insects to the World's Eco-system.
New Scented Boarder for St John's