St Mary’s Churchyard is ‘closed’ – i.e. no more burials are taking place, and North Somerset Council is now legally responsible for its management (sub-contracted to Dignity). Dignity subcontracts the maintenance work to Glendale.
YACWAG planted trees, shrubs and wild flowers and negotiated the retention of some uncut edges to provide a better environment for wildlife. We have raised money for bird and bat boxes for the churchyard and a number of compost bins in which we sometimes see slow worms. The churchyard is good for bats as it provides good foraging in the centre of the village. YACWAG has put up bat boxes and regular monitoring has discovered rare species of bat, like the Lesser Horseshoe and Brown Long-eared together with Serotine and Pipistrelle.
There is a small burial ground in current use on the south side which is owned, organised and managed by Yatton Parish Council.
The Community Owls Project under the Hawk and Owl Trust has erected a tawny owlbox in the western portion of the churchyard; 3rd Yatton Guides have donated and put up a bat box; Yatton Cubs have made and put up bird boxes.
Thanks to a grant from the Co-op Community Fund, three replacement trees were planted in the churchyard in January 2017.
An umbrella organisation called Caring for God's Acre exists to support projects looking after wildlife in churchyards.
The site used to attract a richer variety of wildlife, especially insects feeding on the flowers. The contractors have mostly cut those flowers down. Insects are important to provide food for bats and birds. The photos below were all taken before North Somerset Council’s decision.
Church of St Mary the Virgin
Car parking: the church has free parking, otherwise nearby on-street parking.