Holy Trinity, Prestwood has a large and well-loved churchyard. It is the final resting place for many villagers, and their friends and relatives spend time rememebring them and tending their graves. Due to the amazing care over the years of our dedicated team of volunteers, with careful regular mowing and good management, our churchyard is now also an important and valuable example of an increasingly rare grassland site. In fact, with 23 different varieties of waxcap mushrooms, we are designated as an internationally important waxcap grassland. Many thanks to our dedicated volunteers who help to manage the churchyard. We need more of you! If you would like to volunteer some time all equipment and trainig is provided. Please speak to the Rector.

This version of the Churchyard Management Plan was adopted by the PCC in May 2018. It sets out how we manage the churchyard, balancing the different needs and expectations of the many people who use the churchyard. In 2018 we committed over £4000 to churchyard management, and the value of volunteer labour is far in excess of that. If you would like to support us, either financially or with your time, please contact the Rector.

From an ecological perspective, Holy Trinity Churchyard, Prestwood, represents a rare survival of the original acid grass heath that was prevalent on the extensive old Chiltern commons that were almost entirely destroyed when enclosed in the middle of the 19th century. Plants survive here that are no longer known anywhere else in the region. In addition, the combination of no fertilisers, regular mowing and removal of cuttings, has created the ideal conditions for what is known as a "waxcap grassland", where a special suite of fungi that are largely very rare can flourish - mostly waxcaps, but also "clubs" and pinkgills.

We are indebted to Tony Marshall for producing this very thorough and interesting report on the churchyard.

Download the Churchyard Report.

A fascinating article has been published in "British Wildlife Magazine" about out churchyard. Access it here.

The Parochial Church Council of the Ecclesiastical Parish of Holy Trinity, Prestwood is a registered charity, no. 1129233.

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