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My churchyard


By philip


Thought as a new member I would share with you some photos of a village churchyard I care for. I know it’s not a garden in the usual sense of the word, but for me it holds a tranquil beauty all of i’ts own. To think I nearly turned it down,a member of the congregation knowing me as a local gardner asked me if i would consider the job of groundsman. My first thought was I’m a gardner I don’t do graveyards, but on a winters morning I decided to take a look at it and for some reason said yes, this was followed by immediate panic as to how I would fit it in with my private gardens, but thats another story. Must stop or I would prattle on all night, Think yourself lucky you got the short version.

Till next time take care and thanks for listening

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I enjoyed your churchyard pictures. They bought back memories for me since I have not lived in UK for over 12 years. I have known many church yards similar to yours over the years. They are always beautiful and tranquil places, and often lovingly tended by local people.

11 Apr, 2008


Firstly, welcome to GoY. Secondly, thanks for the photos. Do you have a traditional yew tree there?

11 Apr, 2008


Hi Philip beautiful photos and well organised for such a new member . I too self employed gardener though you probably wouldnt think so from my blogs!
So many dedicated knowledgeable gardeners on this site
thought it better to play for it laughs rather than the professional.
Have just taken some time to attend my own much neglected garden - sure you know how that happens!
Welcome to goy not long here myself clearly need to get photos sorted as you putting me to shame.

11 Apr, 2008


Hello and welcome to GOY Philip. Enjoyed seeing your photos and I especially liked your pond area. Happy Gardening !

12 Apr, 2008


Hi Philip welcome to the forum I'm a big fan of churchyards and just love the stories on some of the old ones, I also like to visit some of the 'famous ones' in their resting places most of them are beautiful but some are just really very sad like Fanny Adams that I visited last year it brought me to tears.

12 Apr, 2008


Hi Philip,
Welcome to G.O.Y and thanks for sharing the Churchyard photos- It looks very serene and tranquil. I think churchyards are gardens in their own right. Just as we have genres for art and literature, there are genres for gardens.Churchyards and their green spaces associated with them fall into a category of their own and they can be havens for wildlife.. I think they should be classified as gardens of rest and peace both for the living and the deceased.They certainly require all the usual gardening skills! You are doing a great job. Very best wishes and kind regards,

12 Apr, 2008


I am lucky, we have a wide veriety of bird life including a Peregrine Falcon who hunts there, also on nodding terms with a beautiful Vixen who wanders through the churchyard.

12 Apr, 2008


Why can't I see the pics?

18 Feb, 2015


Sorry did not have them on the blog but have put some of them on now from my pics.

19 Feb, 2015


Ah! That's better! Lovely! Thanks:)

19 Feb, 2015


Such an honour to look after a Church Yard Philip;0)

26 Apr, 2015


I love working there.

26 Apr, 2015


Thanks for showing the photos. I enjoy wandering around old churchyards. They are mysterious places and often have rare wild flowers growing in them.
It must be nice to have this in your care.

29 May, 2015


I am lucky

29 May, 2015

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