We are very fortunate in Woodnewton that our churchyard contains some rare unimproved limestone grassland habitat that supports a diversity of native plants and animals now scarce in the county.

In recent years, the churchyard has been very closely managed and intensive cutting has not enabled this habitat to flourish. With careful management the churchyard has the potential to be much richer in wildlife and to become a valuable and valued resource for the village community. 

Our objective with this project is to increase the opportunities for wildlife in the Woodnewton churchyard and cemetery to benefit both biodiversity and the village community, making them richer in wildlife and more attractive to villagers – a place to visit, to pause and to contemplate. 

Our Management Plan

Our proposals are based on expert knowledge of grassland and other habitats and their management. We have taken advice from local experts and other churches managing their churchyards in a similar way.

Reduced mowing and strimming - we have already introduced a new mowing management regime for both the churchyard and cemetery with the aim of increasing opportunities for wildlife.

Management of defined wilding zones – create areas of longer grass and encourage native plants.

 Community Involvement – the mowing regime is covered by our contractors, who are working to our plans for the main grassed area; however, we would encourage volunteers to assist with the management of the zones set out for wilding once they have been established. If you are interested in becoming involved please do contact us at woodnewtonpc@gmail.com.

A copy of the Management Plan is available to download below.
Woodnewton Churchyard & Cemetery Rewilding Management Plan