The churchyard at St Catwg’s is no longer used, but for some 15 years we have
been managing the area ecologically for its biodiversity and as part of A Rocha’s
Climate awards and Caring for God’s Acre.
This means only one or two regular cuts each year, although this does vary a bit
according to the weather! After each cut we have a work party to clear the cuttings
so that they do not feed the grass – wildflowers need a poor soil. In between cuts we
do clear some grass by hand or strim small areas and keep paths cut through the
We have had wildflower surveys which have identified some 120 different species.
We also conduct moth surveys and some rare moths have been found. The area is
rich in insects and other wildlife. We have swallows nesting in the porches each year
and bats roosting in the smaller porch too. There are two ancient yews, a large pine
and some other small trees, notably hazel and elder. Ivy abounds on some graves –
a rich source of food for wildlife when little else is around.
We have various ideas to encourage volunteers, such as ‘Adopt a Grave’, and have
some regular help from Llangattock Village Society and a regular helper who keeps
the war graves well tended. We also had invaluable help from some Duke of
Edinburgh Award youngsters.
We had funding for a noticeboard, on which we put seasonal articles and information
about the churchyard.
We welcome any offers of help – please contact Ann Williams email@example.com