Our Project

 To quote from “Caring for God’s Acre”: 

‘Appealing to many who are interested in local history and the natural world, burial grounds encapsulate the history of communities whilst offering refuge for our native wildlife. 

For many people burial grounds are the only locally accessible green space. However, their heritage value, and even their continuing presence, cannot be taken for granted. They are under threat from development, closure, under management and mismanagement.’ 

The Vision

Plan of the churchyard

The plan shows our overall approach to the churchyard bio-diversity plan.  The area shaded green will be devoted to wildflowers and that is where work will start.
What is not shown on the plan are aspects such as woodpiles, fruit trees, bird and bat boxes, bug and hedgehog houses and a ‘Mason Bee Hotel’. We hope that Stoke Fleming School will get involved in such activities. 

What are our plans?

Wild Flowers 

The area shaded green on the plan, is ideal for natural flowers and plants to help pollination. Mowing would be limited to to twice a year.  This area will have information boards. 

Pathways will be mown around graves and to demonstrate that this area of the churchyard is not neglected or ‘abandoned’.  


The  pathway that leads from just inside the main church gate to the east end of the church is in disrepair and in need of renovation. The surface is poor and the path is not wide enough for  wheelchairs nor even enough for those who may have  walking difficulties.  

Shrubs & Brambles

The shrubs to the left of the side path have been neglected and need to be cut back and managed.

The edge of the prospective wildflower area is overgrown with brambles which are damaging the boundary wall and encroaching on the graveyard.  These need to be removed

A haven for wildlife

The churchyard is a haven for wildlife and this can be enhanced and encouraged. For example: bees, insects, birds, hedgehogs and many others.  Providing habitats such as log-piles, bat and bird boxes, hedgehog houses and so on can enhance this area. 

A place for contemplation

There is currently only one bench in the churchyard. We suggest a number of benches around the pathways to enable visitors to rest, enjoy the space and contemplate. 


Involving Stoke Fleming Primary School in projects such as  a bug hotel,  a hedgehog house along with  bird and bat boxes. 

Local history can be explored via the people buried in the Churchyard. 

St George's Church, Modbury

Modbury (ModWAG) are a couple of years ahead of us in their churchyard project.  This video is a presentation of what they have achieved so far.

Presentation by David Curry

David Curry is Environment Advisor to the Diocese of Exeter. This presentation explains the importance of Churchyards as areas for biodiversity and wildlife that can be enjoyed by all.