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Lichfield: St Michael’s

About This churchyard

St Michael’s Churchyard is located on Greenhill in the Southern part of Lichfield. It is much older than the Church itself, and thought to date back to pre-Christian times. It covers a 9 acre area, making it one of the 5 largest churchyards in England.

The natural features of St Michael’s Churchyard make it a very beautiful sacred space. There are over 500 trees, both deciduous and evergreen, with some rarities such as the Japanese Cork Tree and the Oregon Maple. Most of the common British tree species are present and there is an avenue of crab apple trees leading up to the Church door. The Churchyard is also noted for its fine display of snowdrops in the early months of the year, followed by crocus, daffodil, bluebell and wild garlic as the Spring arrives, with cow parsley lining the paths in early summer.

Other wildlife can be seen, including woodpeckers, foxes, lichen on gravestones and tree branches, fungi, mosses, spiders and insects such as moths, butterflies and grasshoppers.

In the Autumn of 2017 a Working Party was formed, the aim being to look after the churchyard and encourage even more wildlife. The Working Party meets on a Saturday Morning once a month throughout the year.

Key Features
  • Wildflower areas
  • Wildlife haven
  • Memorials with famous or infamous connections
  • Stones with stories
  • Fascinating monuments
  • Great for fungi
  • Birders paradise
  • Lichen haven
  • Peaceful space for quiet reflection
  • Good accessibility
Visitor Information

🐕 Dog Friendly

🅿 Car Parking

🚌 Bus Stop outside Church

🚻 Toilets, accessible toilets and baby changing facilities available in the Church

 

 

Address

St Michael’s Church,  Church Street, Lichfield, Staffordshire, WS13 6ED


Opening times

Permanently open


Contact details

Ray Allen.

Telephone: 01543 251654.

Email: lesley@existenz.org.uk


Accesibility

The burial ground is at the top of the hill. Once at the top of the hill, there are level paths.

Nearest toilets are situated inside the Church, with wheelchair access.

Two benches in the churchyard.

Baby changing facilities are available in the Church.


Parking & transport

Parking is available on site.

Nearest station is 0.4 miles away, Lichfield City.

Nearest bus stop is outside the Church.


Café

There is a Cafe inside Tesco, opposite the Church.


St Michael’s external links

www.stmichaelmaryjohn.org.uk 


More Information

Species List

St Michael on Greenhill: A Churchyard for People and Wildlife