In 2014 it was decided to develop an ecological approach to churchyard management. The first lasting change was to allow the growth of Cow Parsley along the Eastern boundary fence for both its aesthetic quality but also as a food source for small animals, birds and insects. In 2020 Covid offered us an opportunity to develop this much further with specific areas of cutting of this largely unimproved grassland in order to bring about a wider diversity of spring plants and flowers and to encourage bird and insect life. In June we had a successful count of plants and insects in the churchyard, all down to the community getting involved. We found a rare and endangered butterfly as well as an endangered plant the 'corncockle' but also many common plants and insects. Following a successful meeting with the Wildlife Trust in September we now intend to apply for our first stage award that is supported by them and the Diocese of Ely. This is part of a wider Church of England focus on seeing ecology as part of Gods mission for us.
Church of England Diocese of Ely Arrington