Churchyard Management Group

At the heart of Coddenham Parish

The CMG is an informal, voluntary and independent group which oversees the day to day management of the ‘old’ churchyard, around St Mary’s Church.

Its members include representatives from the Parish and Parochial Church Councils, residents with properties near the churchyard and others with an interest in its management and conservation. The chair of the CMG is a member of neither council. The churchyard is a County Wildlife Site, famous for its displays of wildflowers, and we try to balance the needs of conservation with other needs, for example, parking.

Members regularly cut the paths, plant trees, re-erect fallen tombstones, advise on the repair of the churchyard walls, supervise composting, all at no cost to the community. If you are interested or could spare the occasional hour to help care for this key feature of our village, please contact me as below. New volunteers are always welcome.

David McDonnell (Chairman, CMG) 01449 761793 deborah.mcdonnell3@btinternet.com

With the help of 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

Scabious
Images: Colin Hardy

Bedstraw in the Churchyard
July 2020

Bedstraw
Images: Colin Hardy

Peacock Butterfly on Scabious in Coddenham Churchyard
July 2020

Peacock Butterfly
Images: Colin Hardy

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