Site of former Bishopton church St Peter's blooms with the help of volunteers
WILDFLOWERS and nature are back with abundance thanks to a conservation project at a former church site in Bishopton.
St Peter’s graveyard – on the site of St Peter’s Church which was demolished in 1836 – has been the focus of the project for over a year and volunteers used the recent National Meadows Day on 2nd July as an opportunity to further enhance the conservation work currently in progress.
Stratford town councillor Cohl Warren-Howles, who initiated the project, said: “National Meadows Day is an annual celebration of wildflower meadows across the UK. The event takes place on or around the first Saturday of July each year. It is a day of events and activities, including open meadows, walks and spending time in nature. So what better day to hold another of our St Peter’s Graveyard Conservation working parties?
"We delayed cutting the grass in the graveyard until now as it gives wildflowers a better chance to succeed. The more invasive plants like nettle and dock we generally pull by hand. We are creating conditions where wildlife will thrive and therefore it’s essential that we manage the graveyard properly. By keeping areas of grass long it encourages bees, beetles, caterpillars, grasshoppers, ladybirds, moths and butterflies. These are also a rich source of food for birds, bats and hedgehogs.”