In 2013 the PCC agreed to allocate a part of the unused churchyard for conversion into a wild flower meadow. Initially the area of the meadow is quite small, but we hope that this might be expanded as the village sees the range of wildflowers and insects that are using the site. To begin with the designated area was simply left uncut for one season to establish what plants were there, and twenty species were identified in the first year, subsequently some Yellow Rattle seed was collected from another wildflower meadow in the village and sown into the church meadow, this has now begun to establish itself and should reduce the most vigorous grasses allowing other wildflowers to flourish. A range of butterflies have been identified on or over the meadow, and more regular surveys are planned.
In 2015 Devon Wildlife Trust presented the church with a
wooden plaque designating the wildflower meadow, and this can now be seen to
the right hand side of the steps leading to the graveyard opposite the church
These two photos show the Meadow in June 2018.
We hope that if you visit the church in the spring or summer you might also to have a look at the meadow and that you will enjoy the experience, and possibly identify some plants or insects that have not been previously recorded and then note them in the folder in the church.
Once the wildflowers have set seed, the meadow is scythed by Rev. Susannah Metz and the resultant hay fed to a small flock of Shetland sheep kept in the village. Come and join her.