Wild Flower Garden

The churchyard of St John's, like so many others, was derived from ancient meadowland. It was a delight to discover some years ago, a purple spotted orchid in bloom there.

In 1997, the Parochial Church Council decided to designate that region of the churchyard a conservation area. The aim was to protect the orchid and also to introduce and encourage other wild plant species.

A variety of grasses and colourful wild flowers flourish including, violets, primroses, fritillaries, cowslips, ox-eye daisies and red campion, in addition to our orchid which produced two flower spikes. Then for the first time in 2013 we had a new baby orchid with one flower spike. Now in June 2014 there are 5 flower spikes as a new plant has appeared giving another 2 small spikes!