Enstone Eco volunteers are delighted to be supporting St Kenelm’s Parish Church in their plans to make the churchyard a haven for wildlife, heritage and people. Pathways have been created for you to walk around this idyllic and peaceful place in the heart of Church Enstone.
There is already a wonderful show of snowdrops in the late winter and swathes of primroses and cow parsley in spring. Over the next few years, grass will be allowed to grow in much of the churchyard to let the natural wildflowers and plants develop and provide a habitat for wildlife. The Parochial Church Council will use yellow rattle to help suppress the grass, and also sow locally-collected wild flowers. They are hoping that by summer 2025, wildflower meadows will be established and they will self-seed in future years. There are also plans to create a bumble bee border alongside the footpath on the west side of the churchyard.
A network of paths have been created that will be mown regularly during late spring and summer, and there will be a full annual cut at the end of the summer. Everyone is invited to wander the paths and enjoy this tranquil and peaceful spot.
As part of this initiative, Enstone Eco volunteers assisted those from the Church in clearing away an old compost heap.