Our Churchyard 

At the heart of Coddenham Parish

Our lovely churchyard is a County Wildlife site, renowned for its displays of wild flowers.

Until August 2020, the day to day management of the  churchyard, around St Mary’s Church, was undertaken by the Churchyard Management Group, an informal, voluntary and independent group, with members from the Parish Council, Parochial Church Council and interested members of the community. The Chairman was a member of neither council. 

Members regularly cut the paths, planted trees, re-erected fallen tombstones, advised on the repair of the churchyard walls and supervised composting, all at no cost to the community.  In August 2020 the group was unilaterally disbanded by the Parish Council which has responsibilty and control of this ‘closed’ churchyard.  Maintenance is now conducted at public expense and all enquiries regarding the upkeep of the area should be directed to the Parish Clerk.

The ‘New’ churchyard by The Three Cocked Hat is still in use for burials and remains the responsibility of the Parochial Church Council.  All enquiries should be made via the Rev. Philip Payne revphilippayne@btinternet.com  01449 711684


Churchyard flowers and wildlife

With the help of former Churchyard Management Group member, Colin Hardy, we are able to begin a collection of photographs of the churchyard through the seasons, demonstrating the wealth of wild flowers that grow there.

Oxeye daisies growing in the graveyard Coddenham
May 2020

Oxeye Daisy’s

Coddenham - Churchyard Orchid - picture by Colin Hardy
June 2020

Churchyard Orchid
Images: Colin Hardy

Orchid opening in St Mary's Churchyard
Orchids and Daisys in the courtyard at St Mary's in Coddenham
Pink Scabious in St Mary's Churchyard
June 2020

Images: Colin Hardy

Bedstraw in the Churchyard
July 2020

Images: Colin Hardy

Peacock Butterfly on Scabious in Coddenham Churchyard
July 2020

Peacock Butterfly
Images: Colin Hardy

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