On Monday 27th of July we were all pleased to help out in the Churchyard at St Nicholas Church, Gayton. This Church is taking part in the national “Wildlife in Churchyards” management scheme run by the Norfolk Wildlife Trust. This is because most churchyards have not been cultivated and so many native plants, which are important to support other wildlife, are still there, whereas they have been lost in fields and hedgerows. Specified unused areas of the churchyard were left uncut until the end of July and following a plant survey by the Wildlife Trust was cut prior and during our work in the churchyard. Phil assisted in the cutting of the long grass during the morning using his own petrol driven brush cutter. A further cut will be made in October. Rev. Jane Holmes was pleased with the support for this project from the group.
Our tasks for the day were primarily concerned with raking and transporting to the compost heap. Anne and Keith carried out a fauna and flora survey during the morning’s proceedings. Of the species which were observed two were of note and deserve a mention. One was of the Hoary Plantain, which is not so very common in this area. And the other was the Dead Man’s Finger fungus. Photographs of these two species are included with the general photos of our activities during the morning.
Towards the end of the morning, Lord Romney, who lives in the adjacent Gayton Hall came over to see how we were doing and gave his approval to our efforts.
For the final half hour of our workday, a small group of us took a walk around the gardens of Gayton Hall and it was quite apparent how very much everything had grown since our previous visit in the Spring. The gardens were looking very lush and beautiful.
Please go to out Photo Gallery to view the photographs taken during the day.