spring in the newly cleared area 02/2016
We are grateful to the Community Payback scheme workers who are clearing the overgrown areas whilst leaving a metre gap for wildlife.
The churchyard of is a beautiful oasis situated between busy main roads in Thornhill. Covering an area of round about 3 acres it is a place of solitude and peace for the relatives of the departed. The churchyard is visited by many people tending graves or cremated remains plots and also by people passing through on a leisurely walk. Such a large area of grassland needs constant maintenance and we at Thornhill have a small and dedicated team of carers who meet regularly on summer Saturdays to cut grass and generally tidy the churchyard. Anyone wanting to join us is most welcome. Please contact the Rector or churchwardens for information. As can be seen from the pictures some parts of the churchyard are kept neatly cut and some are left to grow wild. These wild areas are home to a huge selection of butterflies, birds, hedgehogs, frogs and other wildlife ( see study by Marjorie Middleton above ).
A working group are looking at ways in which the churchyard can develop also as a conservation area space whilst retaining the sacred space. Major tree felling and surgery has recently been caried out at a cost of over £10,000 to remove diseased trees and conserve the others. New pathways have been constructed to make easier access.
Views of the churchyard-
there is far more than you can see here!!
Rectory Park -across the road from the churchyard is the wonderful Thornhill Rectory Park which was once the home of the Rectors of Thornhill. There has always been a close contact with the park and the church. The Friends of Rectory Park (click here ) have a new website .There are some wonderful pictures to look at here. There is a super picture too of the spitfire which came to our Summer Fair.