The last day of 2022 saw a large tree come crashing down in St Mary’s Churchyard in the early hours of December 31, writes Marion.
Contractors were quickly on the scene cutting up the wood, much of which has been left on site at the request of the volunteers who have been working in the churchyard since 2021, trying to improve its biodiversity and make it more attractive for the local community.
Close to where the tree fell is a newly created pond which is well worth visiting.
There are also new flowerbeds, some close to the churchyard wall that runs behind the Ladywell Playtower, and others that follow the wall beside St Peter’s flats.
These have all brightened up the area and regular visitors have started commenting on how much nicer it all looks.
St Mary’s would welcome new volunteers, especially those who live locally, or those who simply enjoy working in the fresh air and who would like to help create something new in the churchyard.
Gardening session take place once a month, and the next session is on Saturday February 18, 10.30-12.30, followed by refreshments.
Meanwhile, work on repairing and renovating the church, parts of which date from the early 16th Century , is progressing. The roof at the east end of the church is currently being replaced. Once completed work will begin on repairing the leaking tower, porch and north roofs.
The leaking roofs have caused damage to the fabric of the church, preventing some local organisations from using St Mary’s especially when rainwater falls onto the interior floors. But with the help of grants and onations the church has raised £150,000 for repairs. Its target is £250,000.