The Wayland Partnership ‘Growing Together Project’ has had a tremendous response from local churches to take part in our churchyard wildflower Surveys. Every church in our group of parishes is signed up plus a further nine within Wayland.

Saturday 8th April saw our ‘County Wildlife Volunteer Surveyor’ training day held at Wayland House, with the ‘field’ training at St. Mary’s Churchyard, Watton. Many thanks to Gemma Walker from Norfolk Wildlife for introducing us to how to complete the surveys and for the delicious cakes!

The Churchyard Surveys form part of the Norfolk Wildlife Trust’s County Action Plan, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund. We here at the Wayland Partnership are very pleased to be working together with Gemma on this project, as it is a ‘perfect fit’ with the objectives of the ‘growing Together Project’. This initiative aims to bring communities together via conservation and wildlife projects, and is generously funded by the People’s Postcode Lottery.

Now fully trained and rearing to go our volunteer surveyors will be visiting our churchyards once a month, every month, until the end of the growing season (September). Small areas of the churchyards have been roped off and will not now be mown so that we can see what wonderful wildflowers may be growing. Signage has been provided so that people using/visiting the churchyards know why the areas have been cordoned off.

Our churchyards provide such valuable and amazing spaces for nature. Within our communities they represent perhaps the only ‘green space’ that has   remained ‘untouched’ for centuries, so who knows what treasures we may find? So, thank you very much to all the volunteers who have come forward, and for the Churchwardens and PCC’s for allowing the surveys to take place.

Pamela Morgan, Project Worker, Growing Together Project.

The photos with this article show the Carbrooke survey which took place on 19th April. Pam and the group were very excited to find Ladies Bedstraw, Bulbous Buttercup and Meadow Saxifrage!

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