The Big Mow – Saturday 1st October 2011

Jenny Galton-Fenzi reports most lyrically here:  As early morning mists cleared on Saturday 1st October, ghostly figures could be seen flitting among the gravestones in Littlehempston churchyard. Villagers had turned out in force to support the first Littlehempston Big Mow.

Since Littlehempston joined the nationwide Living Churchyard movement in the spring and stopped cutting the grass regularly (except for access to recent graves), surveys have revealed an amazing biodiversity of wildflowers, ferns, grasses, insects – and eighty-eight different types of lichens! However, the time for cutting came round at last, and villagers assembled under the direction of the Rev Nicholas Pearkes to mow, strim, rake and clip. In true mowing tradition, Professor Colin Platt handed round a flagon of cold cider to encourage the team.

We hope the Littlehempston Big Mow will become an annual event – a great way to encourage wildlife, tidy the churchyard – and burn off a few calories!

Thanks, Jenny, for the lovely photos that appear in the Gallery.