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St Clement’s churchyard becomes a haven for wildlife

29th Jul 2021

Volunteers from St Clement’s Church, Leigh, have been busy during lockdown giving the churchyard a wild makeover. The churchyard now has designated areas to allow wildflowers and grasses to flourish, a bug hotel and a lovingly created herb garden. 

The makeover is attracting lots of different wildlife to the churchyard and is an important part of the church’s commitment to caring for God’s creation.

The idea of using part of the churchyard for wildflowers was first conceived many years ago by Michael Stone, who was a devoted worshipper at St Clement’s, an altar server and a member of the PCC. Fr Clive Hillman, Priest-in-Charge at St Clement’s Church said: “The re-wilding of the churchyard was inspired by Michael’s forward thinking regarding biodiversity and it is a part of our commitment to facing the climate and ecological crisis with positivity. 

“As God created all life and took upon himself the stuff of the world and entered into creation in the Incarnation of Jesus Christ, we know as Catholic Christians that this stuff of creation is to be both understood as a divine gift and to be treated with respect.”

The Right Reverend Dr John Perumbalath recently blessed and dedicated the churchyard as a place for wildlife and nature.