Wetheral Churchyard 

Eden Wild Goose Nature

The need for greater understanding of and response to sustaining and improving our local environment is a matter for everybody. Biodiversity is a key characteristic of a healthy environment.
The churchyard in Wetheral comprises a large area and the opportunity to contribute to the needs of nature. Reducing the intensity of mowing may be an opportunity to improve the diversity and value of plant species including those that are important to pollinating insects.

The bank alongside Ferry Hill has been studied over this summer to establish its present range of species. We will then consider how that may be improved, possibly by reduced mowing. Another option is whether to accelerate biodiversity through the introduction of known beneficial species suited to the soil and climate of Wetheral.

If you are interested in finding out more and perhaps contributing to the project your interest to understand more or perhaps contribute skills and understanding will be welcome.
Please contact Graeme skinner vicarofeden@gmail.com
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Wetheral Shrub and tree planting Spring 2022

Another step has been taken by volunteers to enhance the Wetheral churchyard as a place of beauty, biodiversity and tranquillity with a planting of shrubs and trees which beckon visitors coming through the lych-gate. Steve Watts formerly head of horticulture at Newton Rigg advised on plant selection and supervised planting.
Plants were mulched with a peat free compost derived from Wheat Straw particularly for organic garden use. It reduces weeds, retains water and improves the soil. Plants were recommended by Steve Watts formerly head of horticulture at Newton Rigg who supervised the planting.

Trees planted were Rosebud Cherry, a tree with semi double white flowers in springs and small fruits in autumn; Flowering Crab (Malus) with pink flowers and yellow crab apples; and American Mountains Ash which provides white flowers and bright red fruits.
Shrubs planted include fragrant white Philadelphus; sweet scented Syringa with exceptionally profuse blossom; and evergreen Photinia Red Robin with leaves of red when young turning to green.
Low maintenance combined with colour form fragrance and wildlife benefits reflect the aim.
Andrew Humphries
Our many thanks to Diana Hanson who is financially backing the scheme.

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