Coddenham – St Mary’s

About this Churchyard

This lovely churchyard is a County Wildlife site, renowned for its displays of wildflowers.

Renowned ecologist and author Dr George Peterken puts Coddenham in a national ‘100 best churchyards’, not just for the wealth of flowers but also for the obvious interest in managing for them. The species found include bee orchid, rough hawkbit, field scabious, lady’s bedstraw and there are records of a range of lichens.

St Mary’s Churchyard is a special place, and a tribute to all those who have worked to maintain it over the years. The exceptional range of wildlife has only been made possible by decades of careful management by volunteers from the former Churchyard Management Group and latterly the Parish Council.

Until August 2020, the day-to-day management of the churchyard, around St Mary’s Church, was undertaken by the Churchyard Management Group, an informal, voluntary and independent group, with members from the Parish Council, Parochial Church Council and interested members of the community.

St Mary’s churchyard species list July 22

Link to the records for St Mary’s on the National Biodiversity Network’s Burial Ground Portal

Photo credits to Colin Hardy & St Mary’s Facebook page

Key Features
  • Wildflower area
  • Wildlife haven
  • Peaceful space for quiet reflection
  • Fascinating Monuments
  • Lichen haven
  • Churchyard cross



Church Rd,

Visitor Information
Opening Times

The church is open 8:00 – 4:00 (GMT) or 5.00 (BST)

Contact details

Please visit the church website 


There is a wide, surfaced path that runs uphill from the gate on church road up to the church door.   Other paths around the churchyard are mown grass.  For those with access needs, cars can enter here and park on the short-mown grass to the right of the path unless the ground is very wet.


There is an accessible toilet in the church.


There are two seats with an arm and a back in the churchyard on either side of the church.

Parking & Transport

There is Public parking at the Coddenham Centre on School Road a 7 minute walk from the church.

There is a bus stop outside the village shop served by route 116 please see the timetable here


There is a café at the village shop, one minute away.


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