TQ1144 : The overgrown churchyard, Holmbury St Mary

taken 3 years ago, near to Holmbury st Mary, Surrey, Great Britain

The overgrown churchyard, Holmbury St Mary
The overgrown churchyard, Holmbury St Mary
It is often the case these days that village churchyards - the most attractive of them - seem to double up as nature reserves. But I can't remember having seen one that has reverted to nature quite as riotously as this. It's easy to see how the situation first came about, as the site is a sloping one, and much of it slopes quite steeply. Mowing it would have presented no problems in the days of scythes and sickles, but you wouldn't get far here with a lawn-mower.

I tried wading through the vegetation (hoping to find some older stones) and discovered that the surface is a mass of mounds - as seen in Robin Webster's winter photograph: LinkExternal link

In late August much of the ground cover was bracken and heather - though the heather may well be among the many species that have arrived here as garden escapes.
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Date Taken
Wednesday, 27 August, 2014   (more nearby)
Friday, 29 August, 2014
Geographical Context
Lowlands  Village, Rural settlement  Religious sites  Burial ground, Crematorium  Woodland, Forest  Heath, Scrub 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 1102 4440 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:11.2832N 0:24.7672W
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OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 1103 4444
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SOUTH (about 180 degrees)
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